- DOB23 Dec 1987
One of only 20 players to win the Rugby World Cup twice, Owen Franks followed brother Ben to Franklin’s Gardens ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Franks started his rugby career at Christchurch Boys’ High School and played his formative years with Linwood Rugby Club.
After making his Super Rugby debut back in 2009, Franks racked up 150 appearances for the Canterbury-based Crusaders franchise in ten seasons there.
The tighthead prop also made his New Zealand debut in 2009, and has earned his reputation as one of the most formidable scrummagers in the world with over a century of international caps for the All Blacks.
Franks lifted the Webb Ellis Cup twice along the way – on home soil in 2011 and then at Twickenham in 2015 – and locked horns with the British & Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2017, starting all three Tests and lining up against future Saints teammate Courtney Lawes.
Now the All Blacks' most-capped prop, Franks brought his impressive strength and scrummaging technique to the pack at Franklin’s Gardens ahead of the 2019/20 season – arriving in Northampton at the close of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.