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Chasing tries not good career move: Franks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
Owen Franks in action against the Pumas. © Getty Images Owen Franks in action against the Pumas.

Owen Franks wants to keep his job as a first-choice All Blacks prop - which is why a world record try drought isn't getting him down.

The burly tighthead has moved ahead of another front-rower, former Italian bookend Salvatore Perugini, as owner of the longest Test career without crossing the white chalk.

Franks received a rousing reception from his Christchurch home crowd when replaced during the second half of his 84th Test on Saturday, New Zealand's 41-14 win over South Africa.

He sheepishly raised his hand and later admitted scoring a try would be appreciated, if only to take some unwanted attention off him.

"It'd be nice to get one. I'll keep working hard but there's a few other things I need to nail first to keep my job basically," Franks said.

"If you look down the list of the tighthead prop's job, I guess scoring tries is right at the bottom."

At 28, two-time World Cup winner Franks could finish his career well into triple figures for caps - and possibly holding a quirky record that would be difficult to break.

"I can't say it's a world record I'll be hanging up on the wall. I'll have to take it, I guess."

Franks formed part of a dominant All Blacks scrum in Christchurch and was pleased they were able to nullify one of the stronger facets of the South African game.

One All Blacks scrum, after Franks had been replaced by Charlie Faumuina, was memorably destructive.

"It was an arm-wrestle for a while there but as usual the strength was the bench coming on," Franks said.

"We laid a pretty good platform and started to gain a bit of dominance in the first half."

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