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Exeter’s Rob Baxter plays down talk of French dominance in Champions Cup

  • Five of eight sides left in competition are from France
  • Holders Exeter host Leinster on Saturday in last-eight tie

Five of the eight remaining sides in this season’s Champions Cup are from France but Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, believes a first Gallic triumph for six years is far from guaranteed as his defending champions prepare to face the Pro 14 winners Leinster in Saturday’s quarter-final.

Unlike the last five editions of the tournament, which have seen four English successes plus Leinster’s triumph in 2018, the leading Top 14 sides are mounting their most concerted challenge since the heydays of Toulon and Toulouse but Baxter does not feel the lopsided quarter-final draw necessarily reflects the balance of power.

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