Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks prop Joe Moody's enjoying local cuisine in Japan

All Blacks prop Joe Moody's Rugby World Cup hunger has been hard to satisfy.

The team's been enjoying a Japanese night at least once a week, where the players get the chance to tuck into the local cuisine.

This week, the squad is staying in Beppu and just down the road from the team hotel is a 'yakiniku' or Japanese barbecue restaurant.

The usual technique is to order plates of raw meat, which you cook yourself on the uniquely styled grill in a communal setting around a big table.

But instead of sharing, Moody needed around two kilograms of beef to himself.

"It's good to have a little bit of cushion for the pushin'," said Moody, making no apologies for his appetite. "But at the same time, you don’t want to be carrying around too much extra weight."

Moody's listed at 120 kilograms on the official All Blacks website, but it's skinfold measurements that count.

"I'm pretty sure all of our props are under 90 millimetres," the big loosehead prop said proudly.

For Moody, the key to putting on the beef isn't meat, but rather peanut butter.

"A lot of the boys who are trying to maintain size will put peanut butter in their shakes and things like that, because it's high in calories."

The conditions where the All Blacks are currently staying in Beppu are hot and humid, and an outing to a traditional sand bath wasn’t appealing for the 31 year-old Cantabrian.

"I think the other boys really enjoyed it, but me personally, I don't do with the heat very well, so I couldn't stay there very long. I was only in there five minutes, I think the other boys did 15."

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