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"The big difference is what they do from Sunday to Friday to get ready to play. If they thought that doing X was needed... they would do X. If you said do XYZ then they would do XYZ, because it's all about the performance on Saturday that’s important to those two guys…you don’t see that too often.”
- STEVE HANSEN, All Blacks Coach -
“The most professional rugby players I have ever come across."
- TODD BLACKADDER, Canterbury Crusaders Coach -
IMPACT PLAYER FOR THE ALL BLACKS OVER A NUMBER OF SEASONS
Ben Franks doesn’t really gain much recognition for his professionalism and excellent attitude. He should – because it is not easy holding standards the way he does over such a long period. He’s a quality player with the ability to clean up around the fringes, hold the scrum steady and play with ball in hand. That’s what everyone forgets – when he 1st shot to prominence in 2008, it was on the back of his mobility and ball playinG. He is rarely injured and always willing to get stuck in – that’s a true professional for you.
- NZ RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE -
OWEN FRANKS - RATED AS THE BEST TIGHTHEAD IN THE WORLD
Owen Franks is New Zealand's quiet assassin. Franks is the unsung hero of this All Blacks side. In the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Australia Franks was among the first three New Zealand forwards to the breakdown on 40 occasions. He led the way for his team. That is a ridiculous stat for a prop forward.
- NZ TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER -