1. ITV Report

Coaching hopes for Northampton Saints star Ben Franks

Northampton Saints' double World Cup winner Ben Franks says he'd like to go into coaching once his playing days are over.

The 36-year-old will bring the curtain down on his sixteen-year professional career at the end of this current campaign.

Watch his interview with Donovan Blake here:

He told ITV Anglia: "I signed for the Saints for two seasons and I knew probably after that it would be a good chance that I'd retire.

"I started telling family about six weeks ago so to have that decision made is a bit of a weight off my shoulders and just focus on the rugby now.

"My goals post rugby have always been to go into coaching so that's where I'll put all my focus into that. Getting back to New Zealand at some stage is always the goal but I'll see what opportunities arise."

Franks was born in Australia, but won 47 caps for the New Zealand All-Blacks and played most of his career with Kiwi Provincial and Super Rugby Franchises.

He was part of New Zealand's World Cup-winning squads of 2011 and 2015, and played alongside his brother Owen during the 2015 tournament.

He joined Northampton Saints in 2018, teaming up again with Director of Rugby Chris Boyd who he worked with at the Hurricanes club in Super Rugby.

Chris Boyd said: "He's probably the ultimate professional. I don't think I've coached a player that's put more effort into his preparation, his attention to detail. Not a naturally gifted athlete, but he squeezed every bit out of his being.

"I think Ben and his family can be incredibly proud of what he's achieved over a long period of time. A great man."