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Ben Franks: Northampton Saints and former New Zealand prop to retire

Ben Franks (right) won the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand, alongside brother Owen

Two-time World Cup winner Ben Franks is to retire from professional rugby at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Northampton front row, 35, won 47 caps for New Zealand, helping the All Blacks lift consecutive World Cups in 2011 and 2015 alongside brother Owen.

Franks won two Super Rugby titles with Crusaders and has since played in England for London Irish and Saints.

“The end of this season is the right time for me call time on my career,” he told the Northampton website.