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Franks on verge of tryless world record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Owen Franks gets tackled by Kane Douglas © Getty Images Owen Franks gets tackled by Kane Douglas The All Blacks say prop Owen Franks' place in Test rugby world record book should come with some fine print.

Franks is 80 minutes away from the longest career without scoring a try.

Level with retired Italian prop Salvatore Perugini after 83 Tests, powerhouse tighthead Franks will own the record outright if he fails to dot down against South Africa in Christchurch on Saturday.

All Blacks teammates can see the funny side of the record but also feel some empathy for the 28-year-old. They say his role in countless tries to others goes ignored.

Fellow-Cantabrian Ryan Crotty believes Franks should feel like a central cog in New Zealand's attack because of his scrummaging prowess.

"I don't know how many set piece tries the All Blacks have scored off a solid scrum platform," Crotty said.

"I'm sure he takes satisfaction in that. It's acknowledged, what he does for this team."

Since Franks' debut against Italy in 2009, the All Blacks have racked up 383 tries.

Crotty admits there were some chuckles when Franks' bench replacement Charlie Faumuina scored moments after coming on during last week's win over Argentina.

"It could well have been Owen if he was still on the field.

"If we see him on a nice line this week, we'll be looking for him and try to send him through under the sticks."

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