Ben Franks rugby player
Ben Franks rugby player

Ben Franks

27th Mar 1984 1.82m/119kg Loosehead Prop

A formidable front row for the Crusaders, Hurricanes and All Blacks he has the ability to play both sides of the scrum.

He played for New Zealand age grade sides in 2003 and 2005 before he made his All Blacks debut against Munster in 2008. Franks is normally a regular in the New Zealand squad and starts on the bench, bringing an impact to the scrum straight away when he comes off the bench.

In 2010, Ben and his brother Owen Franks became the first brothers to play for the All Blacks since 1997, when they started in the front row against Ireland. Also, off the pitch, he runs a gym with Owen.

In January 2015, Ben Franks joined London Irish in the 2015/16 season and brought with him a formidable reputation.

His medal cabinet is almost at capacity and among his accolades are two World Cup-winning mementoes.

Playing on either side of the scrum, he is an extremely valuable asset to Irish and racked up eight tries during the 2016/17 promotion winning season.

In March 2018, Franks signed a deal with Northampton Saints.

(LS July 10, 2018)

Career

nh-saints Northampton Saints
Loosehead Prop
2018 - present
Untitled Canterbury
Loosehead Prop
2005 - 2013
TRU Tasman Mako
Loosehead Prop
2007 - 2013
crusadars Crusaders
Loosehead Prop
2006 - 2013
photo New Zealand
Loosehead Prop
2008 - 2015
hurricanes Hurricanes
Loosehead Prop
2013 - 2015
Untitled Hawke's Bay
Loosehead Prop
2013 - 2015
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Tighthead Prop
2016 - 2017
london-irish London Irish
Loosehead Prop
2015 - 2018