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Ben Franks: Northampton Saints secure deal for former New Zealand prop

Ben Franks will join Northampton Saints next season. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have signed former New Zealand prop Ben Franks ahead of next season.

The 33-year-old, who won the World Cup with the All Blacks in 2015 and has earned 47 international caps, will join from fellow Aviva Premiership side London Irish in the summer.

He will replace Kieran Brookes who has already announced he will be leaving Franklin's Gardens at the end of the current campaign.

Franks previously played under incoming Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd at the Hurricanes in New Zealand.

Franks has 47 caps for New Zealand. Credit: PA

“I’m delighted to be joining Saints at such an exciting junction for the club,” Franks said.

“Linking up with Chris Boyd once again was of course a big factor in this decision; I remember him as a gifted and hardworking coach, and I know he will be desperate to make a fast start in England as he did in Wellington with the Hurricanes.

“I still feel like I have a lot to offer in the Aviva Premiership, and having experienced the Franklin’s Gardens atmosphere first-hand, I can’t wait to run out for Northampton every week."