Sky retain Lions TV rights

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The British and Irish Lions tour of Australia next year will be shown exclusively on Sky
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The British and Irish Lions tour of Australia next year will be shown exclusively on Sky

The 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports, the broadcaster has confirmed.

The Lions third full-scale tour of Australia begins with a game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1, and will also include fixtures against Australia's Super 15 sides and three Tests against the Wallabies. It will be the fifth tour Sky have had the exclusive live rights for, dating back to the victorious 1997 tour of South Africa.

Lions chief executive John Feehan said: "We are absolutely delighted that Sky will be showing the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia and Hong Kong live next year."

He added: "Over the last number of tours we have come to expect only the best coverage and huge commitment from Sky to showcase the best of British & Irish rugby talent.

"This continued support from Sky is particularly welcome for next year, which will mark our 125th anniversary as the British & Irish Lions."

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is widely expected to be the man charged with leading the tourists Down Under.

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