It’s an extension of a rights partnership that now covers 25 years.
Sky Sports has picked up the exclusive live rights to the British & Irish Lions Tour to South Africa next year.
The rights includes the Tour’s three tests as well as five warm-up matches.
This is the 25th year of the partnership between Sky Sports and the Tour, which includes covering seven consecutive Tours since 1997.
Every match from South Africa will be live on Sky Sports, and via a Sky Sports pass on streaming service Now TV.
Sky says the Tour will also feature “24 hours a day” on Sky Sports News, via the Sky Sports app, on SkySports.com and via Sky Sports social channels.
Warren Gatland, head coach of British and Irish Lions, said: “Lions Tours are always unique, but to take on the World Champions in their backyard will be something very special. Sky Sports always do an excellent job covering the Tour, so I am delighted they are on board again.”
Rob Webster, managing director, Sky Sports, added: “There are a handful of events in the sporting calendar that truly transcend their sport, and a Lions Tour is one of them. It’s a moment in time, where the home nations come together to take on the best in the world. We’re hugely proud of our association with the Lions, and we’re looking forward to bringing our customers every twist and turn of what is sure to be a spectacular Tour.”