World Cup will not affect Exeter - Rob Baxter
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says the upcoming World Cup will have little affect on his squad.
The Chiefs have only two players in with a chance of going to New Zealand - Welsh prop Craig Mitchell and Argentinian back Gonzalo Camacho.
Both were signed in the summer and have yet to be fully integrated into the Devon club's squad.
"It's almost like a nice little present that will come two months into the season," Baxter told BBC South West.
"They're guys that we've brought in, in addition to some other players, while we've kept our core of very good players from last season."
Despite facing sides who are losing a host of players to the World Cup - the Chiefs face away trips to Leicester, Bath and Northampton while the tournament is on - Baxter says there will be no easy games.
"There won't be a block of easy games anywhere," he added. "The Premiership is what it is, every fixture's going to be tough.
"You could reverse the fixtures we're playing and they'll all be just as hard."