Sky Sports announce Top 14 rugby deal

Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon kicks a penalty during the Heineken Cup pool 2 match between Cardiff Blues and Toulon at Cardiff Arms Park on October 19, 2013
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Sky Sports announces that it has acquired the right to show France's Top 14 rugby union competition for the next five seasons.

Sky Sports have announced that they have acquired the rights to show matches from France's Top 14 rugby union competition next season.

The deal will allow the broadcaster to show over 55 live matches per season for the next five years, starting in August.

Two Top 14 matches will be aired each week, along with a highlights program and coverage of the playoffs and final.

The league includes current Heineken Cup holders Toulon, as well as last year's beaten finalists in Europe's top club competition, Clermont Auvergne.

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson is tackled by Glasgow Warriors' Henry Pyrgos during their Heineken Cup match on January 18, 2014
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