Owen Franks Commits to Saints

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The Club announced this evening that Owen Franks will be Joining the Saints from Caterbury Crusaders. Franks Has won the world cup twice, and this will be the first time he has played for a club outside New Zealand

From the Official Site

ne of only 20 players to win the Rugby World Cup twice, the 31-year-old tighthead prop follows brother Ben to Franklin’s Gardens after making almost 150 appearances in the Super Rugby competition.

“The prospect of playing at Franklin’s Gardens in front of Northampton’s passionate supporters is hugely exciting for me and my family.”Owen Franks

Since making his All Blacks debut in 2009, Franks has notched up over a century of international caps for his country, lifting the Webb Ellis Cup twice along the way – on home soil in 2011 and then at Twickenham in 2015.

But having never before plied his trade outside of New Zealand, Franks is relishing the prospect of a fresh challenge in northern hemisphere rugby.

“I’d like to thank Chris Boyd and Northampton Saints for showing faith in me and giving me this opportunity to come and play in the Gallagher Premiership,” he said.

“I’ve always taken a keen interest in northern hemisphere rugby so I’m looking forward to coming to the UK and proving myself, while the prospect of playing at Franklin’s Gardens in front of Northampton’s passionate supporters is hugely exciting for me and my family.

“I’d also like to thank the NZRU and the Crusaders for their continued support, and for allowing me to live out my dream.”

A powerful front rower and dedicated trainer, Franks is renowned for his scrummaging ability – but the tighthead’s work around the field will also impress the Franklin’s Gardens faithful, with his big hits in defence often catching the eye.

“He has played at the highest level of the game for such a long time, which speaks volumes about his ability.”Chris Boyd

Franks also featured for the All Blacks during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, starting all three Tests where he lined up against future Saints teammate Courtney Lawes.

And, after already securing the signing of Matt Proctor from the Hurricanes, Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd is thrilled to welcome another player of Franks’ pedigree next season.

He said: “Owen is a world-class operator whose record speaks for itself. He not only will improve the quality within our playing squad, but – like his brother – his attitude will set the standard for the entire group.

“His level of professionalism can serve as a fine example for other members of the squad, and he’s a very intelligent footballer – I know several of our young props are already looking forward to picking his brain.

“The fact that he has played with distinction at the highest level of the game for so long speaks volumes about his ability, so I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Owen here to Northampton next season.”

SSC Donation to Junior Academy

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>A MASSIVE thank you to the Saints Supporters Club for their generous donation of £3,000 to support youngsters on their journey through the Junior Saints Academy 👏🏼 <a href=”https://t.co/NckyskmIat”>pic.twitter.com/NckyskmIat</a></p>

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Saints to wear Rob Horne t-shirt at Kingsholm

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Northampton Saints will wear a special-edition Rob Horne t-shirt when they warm-up for their opening Premiership clash against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm this Saturday (3 pm kick-off, live on BT Sport).

The Saints’ matchday squad of 23 will each wear the commemorative t-shirt in honour of Rob Horne, who was forced to retire last season after suffering a career-ending injury.

Each t-shirt will have ‘Horne 13’ emblazoned on the back and details of ‘The Derby’ on the chest – Saints’ Premiership game against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 6 October, which will raise money for the former Saint and Australian international.

“We are very proud to wear the t-shirts in Rob’s honour,” said Piers Francis, who played in the centres with Horne.

“Rob was a brilliant rugby player and an even better bloke; he’s greatly missed around the Gardens by all the players and staff.”

The special edition t-shirts, which are priced at £15 (sizes S – 4XL) with all of the profits being donated to Rob Horne, are available online HERE from today and in the Saints Store at Franklin’s Gardens from Monday.

Saints can also confirm a number of other fundraising activities which will take place at ‘The Derby’.

Saints will donate £5 on behalf of every paying season ticket holder
Supporter facility to donate during match ticket purchase
£1.50 donation from every match day programme sold at ‘The Derby’
Text-to-donate facility and bucket shakes at Twickenham Stadium
Matchday auction across all hospitality areas at Twickenham
Saints are also very pleased to announce that club partner Carlsberg has made a sizeable donation to the Rob Horne fundraising efforts.

Carlsberg is a long-time supporter of Northampton Saints, having partnered with the Club for more than 30 years, and sponsor the Carlsberg Stand at Franklin’s Gardens.

“Carlsberg recognises the contribution Rob made on and off the pitch,” commented Bruce Ray, Vice President On Trade at Carlsberg.

“As the Carlsberg Players’ Player of the season, we want to support Rob and his aspiration to get greater awareness for Brachial Plexus injuries.

“As a long-term partner of Saints, Carlsberg wanted to support in any way possible.”

SSC Lotto

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The Saints Lotto is a great way to help the Supporters club in its drive to support all aspects of the Junior Saints Academy.

It couldn’t be easier!

Click on the link to Join up and start helping today.