Hurricanes have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international prop Owen Franks ahead of the 2022 season.
Franks started his career with provincial side Canterbury in 2007 with his Super Rugby debut for Crusaders coming two years later. He went on to win three consecutive Super Rugby titles for Crusaders in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before deciding to join Premiership club Northampton Saints.
The 33-year-old also has a stellar career with New Zealand having represented them 108 times since his debut in 2009 and is among the 21 players in the history of the game to have won dual World Cups when the All Blacks clinched the titles in the 2011 and 2015 editions.
He will join Hurricanes in 2022 after signing a two-year contract with the Wellington based club.
“I’m excited to be getting back into Super Rugby next year with the Hurricanes after time in the UK,” Franks told the official website of the club.
“My family and I are looking forward to a new challenge and being back in New Zealand and closer to friends and family is also important.
''I am very motivated to play at the highest level again and I am looking forward to working with the Hurricanes players and coaching teams and pushing for success in 2022 and 2023.”