Thomas Cook Sport teams up with Sale Sharks

L-R Rob Slawson, Halani Aulika and Mark Cueto

Sports tour operator Thomas Cook Sport has been unveiled as an official partner for Aviva Premiership rugby union club Sale Sharks.

Thomas Cook Sport will provide the club with global travel for their senior squad starting from September.

Halani Aulika, the Tonga international Prop, who joined Sale Sharks from London Irish last year, will also be sponsored by the specialist sports travel division.

Aulika, 32, made 28 appearances in his first season for Sale Sharks, and is tipped to become one of the team’s star players after being capped 17 times by Tonga.

Rob Slawson, head of Thomas Cook Sport, said: “Adding Sale Sharks to our growing Rugby Union & Team Travel portfolio is excellent for Thomas Cook Sport, and another addition to the clubs in the North-West region who we work alongside.

“Sale Sharks are a fantastic club and we are looking forward to delivering our best in class Team Travel service for the Sharks squad and offering excellent travel packages for their passionate supporters.”

As well as delivering travel solutions for professional sports clubs, Thomas Cook Sport has a long history of providing rugby union products, including full breaks for the recent British and Irish Lions tour in New Zealand.

Hospitality packages for the upcoming 2017 autumn internationals are now on sale and fans can also register their interest in ticket and hotel breaks for the 2018 RBS Six Nations.

Mark Cueto, Sale Sharks commercial director and club ambassador, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Thomas Cook Sport for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

“It’s so important that players and all club staff can arrive safely and stress-free to their away matches, and with Thomas Cook Sport’s pedigree in specialist team and corporate travel, it’s great to know that we can rely on this calibre of experience and professional support.”

Cueto, who played for Sale Sharks for 15 years, as well as England and British Lions, added:
“To be able to offer our fans fantastic matchday experiences and special offers through Thomas Cook Sport is also a really exciting prospect for the club as we approach the new season.”