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Sky Sports has snapped up the rights to rugby in the southern hemisphere. It signed a five-year deal with Sanzar – the self-proclaimed 'home of rugby in the southern hemisphere' – covering top domestic and international fixtures.

The deal covers at least 150 matches a year, involving such stalwarts as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

Sky will also continue to broadcast England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales's summer tours. These include England's trip to Australia next year and to South Africa in 2018, Ireland in South Africa and Wales in New Zealand (both in 2016).

"This deal offers our viewers more mouth-watering fixtures from the world's best teams that have been entertaining fans throughout the Rugby World Cup," said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.

"As well as the Rugby Championship, we also have the next two England summer tours, fascinating home nations fixtures and of course, more of the All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and Argentina than anywhere else.

"Add this to our current year-round schedule and our viewers can now enjoy more live rugby union than ever before."

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