Springbok sushi rolls – Rugby World Cup 2015

Sushi Rolls

It is the Rugby World Cup 2015 and what better way to celebrate the games than with family, friends, good food and the amazing spirit of supporting the South Africa national team.

In honour of the games, I thought of combining a recipe from South Africa and from each of the countries we’re competing with for the coveted William Webb Ellis trophy. Few may know that my passion is fusion food – combining different styles and tastes into a (hopefully) harmonious marriage of taste and experience.

South Africa is playing against Japan in their opening match of the RWC. So what dishes are these countries famous for?

For Japan it is quite simple. Many people would immediately think of sushi. And if you think of the South African rugby team – The Springboks – one or another meat dish comes to mind. So in honour of the match between Japan and South Africa, I bring you Springbok sushi rolls.

Springbok carpaccio would work extremely well as a substitute to salmon, smoked salmon or even tuna. Similarly , this could work with any other venison meat including ostrich.

For this dish and to make things a bit easier – you’ll need smoked springbok carpaccio. You could of course make your own carpaccio and that would be as simple and even tastier. But for ease, we’re using smoked carpaccio.

Springbok sushi rolls – Rugby World Cup 2015


  • 1/2 packet smoked springbok carpaccio
  • 2 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 2 sheets nori seaweed
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
  • 4-6 capers, finely chopped
  • Wasabi paste
  • Soy sauce


  1. Combine the cream cheese, red onion and capers
  2. Place the nori seaweed on a bamboo mat. You may want to cover your bamboo mat with cling film to make things easier to clean.
  3. Spread 1 cup of rice on the seaweed sheet.
  4. Spread half the cream cheese mixture along the edge of the rice, and top with half of the smoked springbok.
  5. Roll the nori to form a log
  6. Moisten the edge of the nori with water to seal.
  7. Cut each log into 5 or 6 slices.
  8. Repeat with the other 1/2 of the ingredients.

Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.

You could also roll the sushi rolls in sesame seeds before slicing, but this is optional.

Update: South Africa lost 32-34 against Japan.

Disclaimer: Smoked Salmon Sushi Rolls Pictured

2 Comment

  1. Foreshadowing much?

    1. Hi Cliff. Yes, the timing was perhaps not the best. I hope the team steps up to the plate in the rest of the tournament.

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