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Exeter boss Rob Baxter warns that Premiership clubs may play under-strength sides in the European Cup due to having to rest England players following the Autumn internationals Teams from England, France and Pro14 will feature in two pools of 12 Exeter Chiefs look destined to be England’s top seeds next season The tournament starts straight after a block of six internationals England players must take a two-week break after the Test window

By Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:02 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 22:19 BST, 2 September 2020

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The European Cup risks becoming a secondary event for English clubs due to rugby’s brutal schedule, according to Exeter boss Rob Baxter.

On Wednesday the Champions Cup organisers EPCR confirmed the 2020-21 tournament would feature eight teams each from England, France and the Pro14 split into two pools of 12.

Clubs will be divided into tiers based on their domestic league position and play two other sides in the group stage home and away, hoping to qualify for a two-legged quarter-final.  

Exeter Chiefs look destined to be England¿s top seeds in the European Cup next season

Exeter Chiefs look destined to be England’s top seeds in the European Cup next season

Exeter Chiefs look destined to be England’s top seeds but their director of rugby is worried he will not be able to field his best side as the tournament starts straight after a big block of six internationals.

‘I don’t think the format is the biggest

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