Richie Mo’unga out of his comfort zone as he trades footy boots for an apron

Crusaders No 10 and father-in-waiting Richie Mo’unga has taken time out from Super Rugby Aotearoa and training to get some cooking tips from Kiwi YouTube star Jordan Watson (How to Dad).

Mo’unga, 26, is due to have his first child with wife Sophie Vieceli this year.

But for now Mo’unga stars alongside self-proclaimed parenting expert Watson as the two tackle dinner in a pop-up kitchen pitchside. It’s a dual pivot thing, kitchen style.

Mo’unga led the Crusaders to the top of the Super Rugby table with a 40-20 win over the Highlanders on Saturday, and his team now awaits the Blues in the clash of two unbeaten sides.

Crusaders No 10 Richie Mo'unga draws and passes with Highlanders prop Daniel Lienert-Brown lining him up on Saturday.

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Crusaders No 10 Richie Mo’unga draws and passes with Highlanders prop Daniel Lienert-Brown lining him up on Saturday.

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Cool and calm on the field, Mo’unga admitted his involvement in the How To Dinner campaign was out of his comfort zone.

“I’m a bit of a beginner in the kitchen and I pretty much rely on Sophie, but taking part in the series has inspired me to cook more, especially now with a baby on the way, and I’ve realised great tasting food doesn’t have to be complicated,” he said.

How-to Dad Jordan Watson participates in the New Zealand Rural games.


How-to Dad Jordan Watson participates in the New Zealand Rural games.

“I also found the recipe cards easy to follow and it’s given me a new confidence in the kitchen. Now I feel like I’m able to create a whole meal from start to finish on my own. I’m excited to have learned a new skill to relax with off the field,” he says.

In the tongue-in-cheek video first-five Mo’unga is seen cooking pitchside as he and Watson serve up the laughs along with their take of a HelloFresh recipe.

While Watson does his best to pepper the content with a number of sporting puns, Mo’unga takes it all in his stride and at times even has to give Watson the odd lesson on kitchen utensils!

Not to be outdone Watson has a few tips to share of his own, including cleaning up, where he demonstrates how to kick the dirty dishes to touch.

Richie Mo'unga and his wife Sophie Vieceli.


Richie Mo’unga and his wife Sophie Vieceli.

Mo’unga is the second high-profile Kiwi to feature on the How to Dinner video series, with Suzanne Paul having joined Watson on screen during lock down.

Watson says he hopes the series encourages Kiwi home cooks, from beginners to culinary geniuses to think about the convenience of meal kits as a way to create simple and delicious dinners.

“I’d say during our day that along with some kitchen skills Richie definitely came away with tips for on the field as well, I mean did you see him score that first try in last weekend’s game, I think he’s definitely taken some of my advice on board,” he says.

Kiwis can catch the How to Dinner series on How to Dad, and the HelloFresh social media accounts.

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