Tighthead prop Owen Franks will miss the early part of the 2018 Super Rugby season as he recovers from surgery on his achilles tendon. His experience will be missed, as he has become a key part of the Crusaders front row since he debuted for them in 2009.
Franks has represented New Zealand at Secondary School, Under 21 and All Blacks level, making his first run on for the All Blacks against Italy in Christchurch in 2009.
Franks hails from the top end of the Crusaders region, being born in Motueka. He and his brother, fellow prop Ben, were schooled at Christchurch Boys' High School and played their formative rugby years with Linwood Rugby Club.
His impressive strength and scrummaging technique have helped the Crusaders to establish one of the most formidable scrums in the competition.