In a serious coup for the Crusaders, the Tremendous Rugby champions have re-signed one among New Zealand rugby’s all-time main performers.
Tighthead prop Owen Franks, who had a stint with Toulouse within the High 14 in the course of the World Cup, has signed a contract with the Crusaders for the 2024 season, the Christchurch-based franchise introduced on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old, who has been capped 108 instances by the All Blacks successful the World Cup in 2011 and 2015, returns to the workforce he performed for firstly of his profession, between 2009 and 2019.
“Coming again makes me realise what a privilege it’s to play for this membership,” he mentioned in an announcement.
When you thought he was completed with Crusaders… Assume once more! Welcome again Crusaders #138 Owen Franks 😍
— Crusaders (@crusadersrugby) November 28, 2023
“I’m enjoying rugby at this stage of my profession as a result of I get pleasure from it and nonetheless have loads to present.”
Recruited as a World Cup joker, Franks performed seven matches, together with six as a starter, for Toulouse within the High 14 between August and November.
“From what I’ve seen of his video games for Toulouse, he’s in a number of the greatest type of his profession,” mentioned Canterbury forwards coach Dan Perrin.
“He’s the last word skilled and at 35 years of age is in his prime for a entrance rower.”
The Crusaders have gained the final 5 editions of Tremendous Rugby, a contest presently made up of New Zealand, Australian and Fijian franchises.
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