Owen Franks rugby player
Owen Franks rugby player

Owen Franks

23rd Dec 1987 1.85m/118kg Tighthead Prop

The immensely physical Owen Franks is undoubtedly one of the most feared props in world rugby. Hailing from Motueka, New Zealand, Franks has made his name as part of the the dominant Crusaders front row which has ruled so impressively in past seasons in Super Rugby.

The tighthead prop is one of the worlds most destructive scrummagers, and this coupled with his brutish defence, makes his an invaluable part of any side he plays in. Having played for the New Zealand under 21 and schools sides, Franks made his test debut in 2009, just months after making his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders.

Since his debut victory over Ireland in 2009, Franks has gone on to be a double World Cup winner in what has been an impressive career to date. Franks has now established himself as New Zealand's starting tighthead prop and continues to be apart of the All Black set up.

After playing his 90th Test in the All Blacks' November Tour against France, Franks re-signed with the Men in Black and his Crusaders Super Rugby club through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season Franks has made 123 appearances for the Crusaders scoring 2 tries since making his debut against the Force in 2009.

In June 2017, Franks was named in Steve Hansen's squad for the three-Test series against the B & I Lions. Following the drawn series with the Tourists, Franks had 94 Test appearances under his belt as he prepared for the 2017 Rugby Championship.

He helped the Crusaders to back to back Super Rugby titles taking his cap tally to 146 during that time.

The experienced front-rower took his test cap tally to 100 against the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe Cup test of the year. In doing so he became the first player to play 100 test matches without scoring a single try.

In February 2019, having started 96 of his 106 Tests, the second-highest number of starts by an All Blacks prop, Franks announced that he will bid farewell to New Zealand at end of 2019 to join Northampton Saints.

Franks featured for the All Blacks during the 2019 Rugby Championship but was a high profile omission from the All Blacks' 2019 Rugby World Cup squad.


Career

Untitled Canterbury
Tighthead Prop
2007 - present
Christchurch Boys High School logo Christchurch Boys High School
Tighthead Prop
nh-saints Northampton Saints
Tighthead Prop
2019 - present
crusadars Crusaders
Tighthead Prop
2009 - 2019
photo New Zealand
Tighthead Prop
2009 - 2019