Sunday , October 24 2021

Rugby: Owen Franks to Ben Franks – Reliable informer All Blacks poured beans before the clash in England


Franks brothers and work at home. Sounds like a movie script.

It is rather the story of one brother helping another; one of many European blacks helping their former team, providing valuable local intelligence.

Ben Franks played 47 tests for All Blacks, the last of which was the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals.

He has lived in England for the last three years, moving from London from Ireland to Northampton this season. It is obvious where the loyalty of the Franks lies.

The 34-year-old former Crusader was spotted on Tuesday in the All Blacks training in London, and his younger brother Owen clearly took his chance to meet Ben Moon and Alec Hepburn, the English, whom he would block. from Twickenham this weekend.

"I'm lucky my brother plays here in the Premiership for Northampton, so he had some experience with both, so I talked to him," said Owen Franks.

"I definitely did my due diligence."

Asked by a local writer if Ben is "a spy in the camp," Franks chuckled: "No, he's not in the camp in England, he's playing against them."

So what did Franks gather?

"Moon is very experienced, he played for a long time in Exeter, so he is quite a destructive scrummager, and playing in the Premiership from 10 to over a dozen years is not easy.

"Hepburn has a sound technique and looks like he loves to crack, so they're both really decent props."

Ben Franks informed his brother about the English opposition. Photo / Getty
Ben Franks informed his brother about the English opposition. Photo / Getty

The All Blacks first league club lost a member this week with Joe Moody & # 39; s broken eyelid, the result of a bizarre training accident during the rope lift, closing it to the blindfold and without action for six weeks.

But this is the close relationship between the heavy players, Franks did not stop the new look of Moody & # 39; ego.

"We keep it with Joe & in a good light, if it was the other way round, it would be right in you, nothing is going on with it."

The leading figure of the club in the first row, after playing 104 tests, Franks believes that it is in the best form for the route after midnight after the late start of the season after the Achilles surgery.

"I feel really good – definitely different than on previous routes from the end of the year that you are currently going through. In a typical season with the number of games I normally played, I would only be half. It's getting better, the longer the operation, so I was really lucky. "

Franks also has no doubt that his great new assistant, Karl Tu & # 39; inukuafe, will handle the most difficult occasion in his career.

"He is very nonchalant in this whole thing, he does everything on his own, it's probably the most impressed, he's relaxed, but he can turn it on when he needs to." He is also a really good guy.

"It's a big challenge, I do not think I have to say anything to Karl, he played a lot of rugby in the French second division, which is known for scrumming, is new to test rugby, but he was already around when it comes to scrub experience so he will be very excited.

"Usually, we are cut out of the same material, both quite quietly, and between ourselves we talk a lot and tease a little, but maybe it seems much quieter around others."

Those with smaller numbers on their back have a tendency to act.

This week, thanks to his trusted informant, Franks should be particularly well prepared to do so.

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