Butcher celebrates Six Nations with special sausages

Butchers James Thomas (l) and Gavin Edwards. Images sourced from the South Wales Argus
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To commemorate the launch of the Six Nations rugby tournament this weekend, A D Turner & Sons, based in Newport, Wales, has created a range of sausages to honour each participating country. 

“We make all our own sausages,” James Thomas, chief sausage maker at the butchers shop, told Meat Trades Journal. “We’ve made them for years, we just thought we would have a bit of a laugh and a joke and do a Six Nations range. So we’ve got six flavours, one for each team.”

Each specialist sausage is made up from ingredients associated with the country. Wales’ sausage is made of pork, leek and chilli, while Ireland is honoured using beef and Guinness.

Meanwhile, the English sausage consists of pork, Somerset cider and apple and the sausage to celebrate France is made from pork, beef, garlic, black pepper and red wine.

Completing the line-up are the Italian pork, sundried tomato, mozzarella and oregano sausage and the Scottish sausage, made using haggis, potato and swede.  

This isn’t the first time the business, which operates out of Newport’s indoor market, has made sausages for special occasions. A NATO sausage was created for last year’s summit, and a Scottish-inspired one was produced for Burns’ Night. However, this is the first time A D Turner & Sons has created one for the rugby tournament.

“We had a little talk in the pub, somebody came up with the idea, and we thought we would have a try with it,” added Thomas.  

He said that sales have been good so far, with the Welsh and Italian varieties proving the most popular.

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