Cause gets players in the kitchen
Cookbook unites some rugby greats
Some All Black rugby greats have backed up in support of the players whose careers have been cut short by serious injuries.
Each have contributed their favourite recipe to the NZ Rugby Kitchen cookbook.
All royalties from sales will go to the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, which supports seriouslyinjured players.
The cookbook contains a wide range of dishes from rugby greats of the past and present, as well as Black Ferns and coaches.
New Zealand Rugby Foundation chief executive Lisa Kingi said publisher Random House initiated the project, financed it and wore all the risks.
‘‘All I had to do, with my colleagues, was get the recipes and set up the photo-shoots,’’ she said.
Kel Tremain and Sir Russell Pettigrew set up the foundation in 1986 to address areas of rugby that were in need.
Community rugby was suffering Kapi-Mana News has one copy of the Nz Rugby Kitchen cook book to give away. To enter the draw, email your name and a daytime phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to NZ Rugby Kitchen Draw, PO Box 50012, Porirua, with your answer to the following question: Who initiated the New Zealand Rugby Foundation? Entries close February 10. at the time, Ms Kingi said.
‘‘Within 10 years it had become clear that players who had been catastrophically injured were a priority and eventually the foundation was dedicated entirely to players with serious spinal injuries.’’
Ms Kingi said the foundation had 94 VIPs [very injured players] on its books.
‘‘That is our reason to be, our sole purpose – to support catastrophically-injured players, financially and emotionally,’’ she said.
The past season was a good one for her and the foundation, with no seriously debilitating spinal injuries, but 2011 was a different story.
‘‘Last year was a horrible year,’’ she said.
‘‘Two of the boys were 15, one was 18.’’
The foundation will receive 17.5 per cent of the sale price of every book, she said.
The New Zealand Rugby Kitchen, published Random House, $45.