Ben Franks faces tough times with London Irish

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Lynn McConnell     30 Nov 2015     Getty Images

After sharing in New Zealand's 2015 World Cup winning repeat, Franks, 31, who won 47 Test caps, joined struggling English club London Irish where he hopes to concentrate on playing tighthead scrum for the side.

Franks told The Rugby Paper, "I'm pretty good mates with Brad Thorn and after the World Cup in 2011 he went to Leinster first, before joining Leicester.

"As soon as he got to England he gave me a call and said, 'Franksy, you've got to come over here at some stage because you'll enjoy it'.

"That got me thinking and my family were keen to experience living over here. My mum's English and I've always enjoyed watching the Premiership on TV, so there's lots of reasons for giving it a crack," he said.

After the 2011 World Cup success Franks said he wanted to have a good go at winning another Cup, and it had been a great feeling to achieve that.

"But the All Blacks demand huge commitment and I thought now was the right time to start a new chapter," he said.

"There's a lot of travel and lots of time away from your family. I've been involved with the All Blacks since 2008 and achieved everything I wanted."

London Irish is a struggling club but after only two weeks with the side he has enjoyed the chemistry.

He is hopeful of specialising on the tighthead spot his brother Owen has made a permanent starting spot of with the All Blacks.

"I played both sides for the All Blacks, but in Super Rugby for the Hurricanes I normally just stayed on one side and that's what I'm looking to do here.

"I played at No.3 last weekend and, hopefully, I'll be there for a while now," he said.

However, the side's form didn't improve at the weekend when Tom Coventry's men suffered their fifth loss in as many games when on the end of a 15-33 loss to Wasps with former All Blacks Frank Halai scoring a brace of tries.