Sky Sports gets exclusive live rugby union coverage for 5 more years

A new five-year deal between Sky Sports and the Rugby Football Union (RFU), whose partnership is already one of the longest in sport broadcasting, means Sky Sports will continue showing live rugby union until the end of 2019/20 season.

As a result of the deal, which sees the relationship enter a third decade, Sky Sports has become a major partner of the RFU. It will allow Sky Sports to increase the rugby union's profile and bring it to new viewers, and the RFU to invest in all levels of the sport.

The new deal, which begins in 2015, grants Sky Sports a number of new partnership rights:

  • Exclusive live coverage of England's autumn internationals at Twickenham and before the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups, plus the annual spring fixture
  • A minimum of two live England women's matches a season, as well as more Under-20, Under-18 and England Saxons games
  • A minimum of 11 Greene King IPA Championship games
  • An in-match clips package, which will apparently means "near-live" match updates can be made on RFU and Sky Sports' websites, as well as on social media

Sophie Goldschmidt, chief commercial and marketing officer for the RFU, said: "We are looking forward to not only showcasing our England teams in the best possible way, but also to exploring opportunities to support the grassroots, so the whole game benefits further".

Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said: "We share the RFU's aims to grow the sport before and after next year's World Cup by investing across the game, and innovating with our coverage to reach new audiences."

This season, Sky Sports will show 360 international, European and domestic rugby union matches live. In November it will show more autumn internationals than ever before, including all of England's matches at Twickenham.

You can get all seven Sky Sports channels - Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports 5, Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports News - with Sky TV, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media TV, although you can only get then in HD with Sky TV and Virgin Media TV.

You can get Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 5 with BT TV, although you'll have to make do with a BT Vision+ box rather than a BT YouView+ box due to a barney between BT and Sky.

Alternatively, you can get all seven channels on a pay-as-you-go basis through NOW TV, Sky's online TV service. A Sky Sports Day Pass will cost you £6.99 and a Sky sports Week Pass will cost you £10.99.

Source: Sky

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