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Sky Sports scores five year Rugby Union deal

Sky Sports and the Rugby Football Union have signed a new five-year broadcast deal. 

The agreement sees Sky Sports becoming the home of Rugby Union until the end of the 2019/20 season. 

England’s autumn QBE Internationals from Twickenham plus internationals before the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and 2019 will be broadcast live and exclusive on Sky Sports as a result of the deal.

Pointy egg chasers rejoice: Sky Sports secures six more years of Rugby Union action

Sky Sports Managing Director, Barney Francis, said: “This new deal builds on our already successful partnership with the RFU. 

“It offers our viewers even more live England rugby from the men’s, women’s and age grade game, and includes additional rights to enable us to support the game from the grassroots up to the elite level.” 

At least 11 live Greene King IPA Championship matches will also be shown exclusively on Sky Sports along with at least  two live England Women’s matches a season plus additional England Under 20, Under 18 and England Saxons fixtures. 

Sky secured broadcast rights to Super League rugby from 2017 to 2021 earlier this year including rights to live coverage of the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand.

Rugby Union matches are usually broadcast on Sky Sports 2 and 4. Sky Sports is available to Sky TV, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and Now TV subscribers. BT TV customers with a BT Vision+ box can sign up for Sky Sports channels, but they can only get Sky Sports 1, 2 and 5 instead of the full line up. 

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