Rugby

Franks confirms London Irish move

2015-01-20 14:26
Ben Franks (File)

London - All Black prop Ben Franks is joining London Irish from the Wellington-based Hurricanes, the English Premiership side announced on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Franks has won 42 caps and was part of New Zealand's 2011 Rugby World Cup-winning squad. He has also made more than 100 Super Rugby appearances.

He will take up a three-year contract with the Irish from the start of next season.

"I am really looking forward to joining London Irish," Franks said.

"I have been to have a look around Hazelwood (Irish's training complex) and was very impressed with the set-up.

"After speaking to the board and seeing the facilities, the ambition of the club is clear.

"It is a family-friendly club, which played a big part in my decision to move my family over, and London Irish also has a link with St Mary's University, where I will be able to study alongside playing rugby for the club.

"There is still work to be done in New Zealand, but my family and I are looking forward to joining the club next season."

Franks' signing comes after Tom Coventry was confirmed as Irish's head coach next season, with rugby director Brian Smith leaving the club.

"Ben is a world-class player, and we are delighted that he has decided to sign with London Irish," Irish's operations director Bob Casey said.

"It is a real statement of intent that a player of his class and experience has signed, and shows the ambition of the club and our owners."

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