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Sky Sports is to ramp up its rugby league coverage in 2015, as it airs more live matches than ever before.

The broadcaster will televise around 100 games from the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship, Challenge Cup and World Club Series.

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Each Super League team will appear on Sky Sports at least twice by the eighth round of fixtures, which will be played over Easter weekend.

The new season kicks off on Thursday February 5th as the 2014 grand finalists Wigan Warriors travel to Widnes Vikings.

The following day, Sky Sports viewers will be able to see the champions St Helens host Catalans Dragons.

2015 promises to be an exciting year for rugby league fans, with the introduction of a unified points system and structure.

The long-criticised Super League franchise system has been ditched, meaning promotion and relegation is once again determined by sporting merit alone.

After the regular season finishes, the 12-team Super League and Championship divisions will be split into three groups of eight clubs: the Super 8s.

The first group will play to reach the Grand Final, while the second group - the bottom four in the Super League and the top four in the Championship -  will battle it out for the four remaining spots in Super League in 2016.

The third group will contest their own mini-league for the Championship Shield.

Neville Smith, Executive Producer of Rugby League at Sky, said it is "the start of a brilliant new era" for the sport in Britain.

"We’re delighted to continue to bring unrivalled coverage of the game with a milestone 100 live matches a season across the Super League and Championship," he stated.

"The leagues’ new structure will bring added excitement at the sharp end of the season - including the decisive battle for that final 2016 Super League spot between the fourth and fifth place teams that promises to be unmissable."

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