NZ Rugby Kitchen

If there's one thing that rugby players all love, besides the game that is, it's food. So what better way to raise some money for the New Zealand Rugby Foundation and celebrate its 25th Anniversary than to pull together the favourite recipes of some of our best loved players.

NZ Rugby Kitchen contains a wide range of dishes from the likes of Richie McCaw, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Jerome Kaino, Conrad Smith - the list goes on - plus past greats such as Colin Meads, Waka Nathan and Buck Shelford.

Fancy a quick weeknight meal? Why not try Keven Mealamu's Teriyaki Beef, or Waka Nathan's Fish Supreme. Want a dinner to impress? How about Victor Vito’s Beef Wellington or Melodie Robinson's Pork Belly with Baby Beetroot and Lentils.

Oh, and just because most of the recipes have been provided by blokes doesn’t mean there aren’t any sweet treats. There's always Sir Graham Henry's Apple Sponge to end a meal, or Jerome Kaino's Banana Cake for a lovely afternoon tea.

As well as fabulous recipes the NZ Rugby Kitchen also gives some insights into how well these guys can keep their cool even when they’re not on the field with candid shots of them relaxing, cooking and enjoying a bit of down time.

By taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this project all of the players who have contributed have shown how important a charity the New Zealand Rugby Foundation is to them. The foundation is vital in supporting catastrophically injured rugby players financially and emotionally through fund-raising and other activites; and proactively works with the New Zealand Rugby Union to communicate the message of safety first.

All royalties from this book will go to the New Zealand Rugby Foundation. For more information on the foundation please visit

Featured players include...

CURRENT All Blacks
Richie McCaw, Crusaders
Dan Carter, Crusaders
Zac Guilford, Crusaders
Kieran Read, Crusaders
Owen Franks, Crusaders
Ben Franks, Crusaders
Israel Dagg, Crusaders
Sam Whitelock, Crusaders
Richard Kahui, Chiefs
Aaron Cruden, Chiefs
Conrad Smith, Hurricanes
Victor Vito, Hurricanes
Adam Thompson, Highlanders
Andrew Hore, Highlanders
Aaron Smith, Highlanders
Piri Weepu, Blues
Keven Mealamu, Blues

Wayne Smith, assistant coach & previous assistant All Blacks coach
Alex Bradley

Frae Wilson
Mark Ranby, Management
Tom Donnelly
Ross Kennedy
Robert Fruean
Corey Flynn
Wyatt Crockett
Andrew Ellis

Jamie Joseph, Coach
Doug Tietjens
Nick Crosswell
Jarrad Hoeata
Jamie Mackintosh

Charlie Faumauina
Albert Nikoro
Jerome Kaino
Anthony Boric

Melodie Robinson
Anna Richards
Farah Palmer

FORMER All Blacks
Sir Graham Henry, coach AB’s 2011 RWC
BG Williams
Tane Norton
Waka Nathan
David Kirk
Marc Ellis
Buck Shelford
Sir Wilson Whineray
Buck Anderson
Jerry Collins
Chris Laidlaw
John Sturgeon
Sir John Graham
Pita Alatini
Rodney So’oialo

Ben Castle
Ben Hurst
Jason Emery

Chris Pollock


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