Rugby Union: ITV seal deal for England highlights

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ITV have secured the rights to show the highlights of all England's games at Twickenham from the start of next season.

The sub-licensing deal, completed in conjunction with the Rugby Football Union and Sky Television, means that extended highlights will be shown on the terrestrial channel after live broadcasts on Sky.

Last year, the satellite station secured rights to England's home internationals for five years in a deal that nearly brought an end to the Five Nations' Championship.

Ireland, Scotland and Wales were upset at the RFU's decision to sell off the rights to England's matches, but later agreed another deal with the BBC which will broadcast their Five Nations' home games.

Sky will also show England's game against Australia in Sydney next Saturday.

Mark Regan last night confirmed that he will play for Bath next season after agreeing a five-year contract. The 25-year-old hooker follows fellow Lion Simon Shaw out of Bristol, who only avoided relegation last season in the play-offs. Shaw recently joined champions Wasps.

Regan, who has won 12 England caps since making his Test debut against South Africa in 1995, is believed to have signed a six-figure deal.