Owen Franks

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Owen Franks
Owen Franks 2011 (cropped).jpg
Full name Owen Thomas Franks
Date of birth (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Motueka, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb; 260 lb)
School Christchurch Boys' High School
Notable relative(s) Ben Franks (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
New Zealand No. 1094
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007– Canterbury 18 (5)
Correct as of 2 June 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Crusaders 123 (10)
Correct as of 23 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009 – New Zealand 96 (0)
Correct as of 28 August 2017

Owen Franks (born 23 December 1987) is a New Zealand rugby player who plays for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition and the All Blacks at international level. He is a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team and became one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners.


Early career[edit]

He attended Christchurch Boys' High School. His local rugby club is Linwood. He represented New Zealand at Under-21 and Secondary School level.

While at Christchurch Boys' High School, Franks appeared alongside fellow All Blacks Colin Slade and Matt Todd. As well as former Crusaders Nasi Manu and Tim Bateman.[2]


He made his debut for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup in 2007. He was also Campbell Johnstone's understudy before he left for France and Franks assumed the tighthead duties for the Canterbury team. His older brother, Ben Franks is also a prop and plays alongside his brother.

Super Rugby[edit]

Franks made his debut for the Crusaders in 2009 as a substitute against the Western Force but made his first start in the victory over the Bulls and his stellar performance also secured him an All Black contract. Relatively small in stature, he is known for his great scrummaging technique and mobility around the field. He is also very strong, with the ability to squat 280 kg.



His first start for the All Blacks came against Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup. He won 45–17.[3] Franks was chosen for the 2009 Tri-Nations tournament in New Zealand's first match against Australia. He went on to play the next two games against South Africa before playing once again against Australia. Franks played the penultimate match against South Africa but missed the final match, with Neemia Tialata playing instead. He then came on as a sub against Wales during an international test in November. A week later he started on the pitch in a win over England and went on to be victorious over France a mere week later.


Franks continued with another international tour. His first game was against Ireland with his brother Ben playing with him. They went on to play Wales twice together. He played once again in the Tri-Nations tournament, starting the first four matches against South Africa and Australia. His brother Ben played the third test against South Africa but he missed out. However he appeared in the final match against Australia winning 23–22. He went on to lose the Halloween test against Australia. He took part in four of New Zealand's November friendlies beating England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. According to the book, "Cory Jane Winging It, Random Tales from the Right Wing," by Cory Jane and Scott Stevenson, Franks and brother Ben are said to have celebrated the All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2011 victory by squatting the next day 280 kg for 10 Repetitions.


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