All Blacks Double World Cup Winner Franks to👌 Join Northampton

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The All Blacks' double World Cup-winning prop Owen Franks will join Northampton next season, the English Premiership club and New Zealand Rugby both announced Thursday.

His move will see the 31-year-old Canterbury Crusaders tighthead linking up at the Saints with brother Ben, already on Northampton's books.

Franks, who will be based outside of New Zealand for the first time in his career, is now set to end his Test career at this year's World Cup in Japan before joining the East Midlands club.

Franks has been capped 106 times by the All Blacks but New Zealand have a longstanding policy of not selecting overseas-based players for Test duty.

“The Crusaders, All Blacks and Canterbury Rugby have been a big part of my life, and my family's lives, for more than a decade now, and I'm grateful for every opportunity I've had to live my dream in those jerseys,” Franks said in a NZR statement.

“New Zealand will always be home, but Northampton presents a great opportunity for me to test myself in a new rugby environment, and reconnect with family there,” he added.

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