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Owen Franks

Owen Franks is a powerful front rower whose strength and defensive skills continue to improve each season – a worrying prospects for his opponents.

He made his debut for the Crusaders in 2009 and All Blacks debut just a few months later. His call up to the All Blacks capped a national representative career that included appearances for New Zealand Under 21 and New Zealand Schools.

He started against Ireland in the first Test of 2010, joining brother Ben in becoming the first set of siblings to start a Test for the All Blacks since the Brookes in 1997.

His call up to the 2011 All Blacks squad came off the back of a stunning Investec Super Rugby season with the Crusaders, where their scrum ruled against every team they played against.

Franks has had a big last couple of years, playing a starring role for the Crusaders and then consolidating himself at tighthead prop for the All Blacks.
 
A self-confessed fan of the physical stuff, Owen's scrummaging ability is excellent but it is his work around the field which catches the eye – particularly his big hits on defence.

Player
Position:
Prop
Born:
23/12/1987
Physical:
1.85m, 119kg
Test Debut:
v Italy at Christchurch 2009
Test Points:
0
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Provincial Debut:
2007 v North Harbour
Provincial Caps:
18
Provincial Points:
5 (1t)
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders
Super Rugby Debut:
2009 v Force
Super Rugby Caps:
42

Career Comments

  • • Following his older brother Ben’s return to the All Blacks in 2010, the Franks brothers became the first set of siblings to start a Test for the All Blacks together since Robin and Zinzan Brooke in 1997 when they started against Ireland in New Plymouth. The Franks' are one of 42 sets of brothers to appear for the All Blacks.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2009
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6 (+)
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16 (+)
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28 (+)
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31 (-)
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18 (-)
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32 (-)
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12 (+)
22 Nov v England at London 19-6 (-)
28 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (+)

2010
12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (-)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (+)
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12 (-)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (-)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (-)
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10 (-)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22 (-)
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26 (-)
07 Nov v England at London 26-16 (-)
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3 (-)
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18 (-)
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (-) 


2011
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (-)
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7 (-)
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17 (-)
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (-)
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10 (-)
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6 (-)
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

2012
9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (-)
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19 (-)
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11 (-)
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (-)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (-)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (+)
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22 (-)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (-)

2013
8 June v France at Auckland 23-13 (-)
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (-)
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15 (-)
10 Nov v France at Paris 26-19 (-)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (-)
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22 (+)

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (-)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (-)
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (-)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (-)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (-)
13 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10 (-)
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27 (-)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (-)