Franks re-signs with New Zealand Rugby


All Blacks and Crusaders prop Owen Franks has recommitted to New Zealand Rugby (NZR) through to the 2019 World Cup.

Franks is a veteran of 90 Tests for the all-conquering All Blacks, missing just 15 internationals in seven seasons.

The 28-year-old admitted he had plenty of options abroad, but wanted to continue with New Zealand.

"After much thought and discussion, I'm pleased to confirm that I'll be staying in New Zealand until after Rugby World Cup 2019," Franks said.

"Whilst there was considerable interest internationally, I felt I wasn't ready to give up playing with the best players in the game.

"I also believe that I haven't reached my full potential yet and don't want to leave until I feel I have."

Franks, who turns 29 on Friday, is the 10th most capped All Black of all-time, while he has made more than 120 appearances for Crusaders.

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen welcomed the re-signing, which is likely to see Franks go past Tony Woodcock (118) as the most capped All Blacks prop.

"On behalf of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby, I want to congratulate Owen on his re-commitment to New Zealand," he said.

"He's one of the best in the world in his position and his formidable work ethic, commitment to the team's values and outstanding play make him one of the most respected players in our team and we're very happy that he has decided to stay."