- 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.
The All Blacks' most-capped prop, Franks arrived at Franklin's Gardens after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season in 2019 and quickly settled into the Black, Green and Gold shirt after making his debut again Lyon Olympique.
And Franks would make 17 appearances in his inaugural Saints season, helping the side to both their first win on French soil since 2011 and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup along the way.