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Sky Sports has agreed a new TV rights deal with the RFU, which strengthens its position as a leading rugby union broadcaster.

A range of partnership rights have been secured with the UK governing body, with the new deal beginning in July 2015 and running until the 2019-20 season.

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It means Sky Sports viewers can look forward to live coverage of England's autumn QBE Internationals from Twickenham, QBE Internationals before the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and 2019, and the annual England spring fixture.

Sky Sports will also show at least two live England Women's matches a season, plus England Under-20, Under-18 and England Saxons fixtures. A minimum of 11 live Greene King IPA Championship matches will also air on the pay-TV platform.

Barney Francis, Managing Director at Sky Sports, said the new deal builds on the firm's 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," he stated.

"At Sky Sports, 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.”

The Sky Sports rugby union schedule will feature over 360 live matches in 2014-15, including

Autumn Internationals from England, Ireland, France and Italy, action from the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, the Top 14, Guinness PRO12, IRB Sevens World Series, and women’s rugby.

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