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Sky Sports will remain the home of rugby for the next five years, after it extended its deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The deal takes effect in July 2015, and gives the broadcaster the rights to show rugby union until the end of the 2019/20 season.

It also sees Sky snaffle some exclusive partnership rights for the first time.

Sky will exclusively show live coverage of England's autumn QBE Internationals from Twickenham, QBE Internationals before next year's Rugby World Cup (and the one in 2019), and the annual England spring fixture.

It will show at least two live England women's matches per season, plus extra England under 20, under 18 and England Saxons fixtures.

Sky will also show a minimum of 11 live Greene King IPA Championship matches, and have an in-match clips package, enabling near-live match updates across RFU and Sky Sports' websites and social media channels.

Sky and the RFU have one of the longest-running partnerships in sports broadcasting. This deal takes the partnership into its third decade.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports' managing director, said in a statement: "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 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.”

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