Cause gets play­ers in the kitchen

Cook­book unites some rugby greats

Kapi-Mana News - - FOOD - By JIM CHIPP

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 ed­i­ 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.

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