Butchers take Tri-Nations

New Zealand's Pure South Sharp Blacks have won the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, taking out Australia and Great Britain last Friday in Yorkshire, England.

The team of six will bring home the trophy for the second year in a row. They had to turn a side of beef and a whole lamb into value-added meals, creating more than 50 impressive products fit for a top-shelf butchers' display.

For team captain Cantabrian Corey Winder, winning gold on the other side of the world has been a career highlight.

''When it comes to butchery, the Brits have a lot of history, not to mention passion, invested in the trade.

''So for us six butchers from New Zealand to be recognised for our skill is pretty rewarding.

''On top of that, the feeling of representing your country and doing them proud is really indescribable.''

The team comprised Abi Lane, David Timbs, Corey Winder (team captain), Bruce van der Net, Peter Martin and Phil Pirie and was managed by Todd Heller.