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REPORTS: All Black star turns down Toulon for Premiership move

All Blacks prop Owen Franks has turned his back on advances from Toulon and will join Northampton after the World Cup, according to reports in France.

The 31-year-old, who has played in 105 tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2009, is believed to have agreed a two-year deal to play for the English Premiership club, with there being an option for a third year.

Midi Olympique has reported that Franks weighed up whether to join Toulon or Northampton and chose the latter, becoming part of a growing trend of All Blacks deciding not to go to France, with Ardie Savea, Kieran Read, Ryan Crotty and Beauden Barrett also turning down French approaches.

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