Franks: ‘I needed Irish challenge’

Date published: January 9 2016

London Irish prop Ben Franks is relishing his move to the Exiles despite a tough start to the season.

The World Cup-winning prop linked up with the club following New Zealand's success in London rather than opting for a big-money contract in the Top 14.

Revealing why he chose to join Irish, currently bottom of the Premiership, Franks said that the importance of each fixture for his new club was exactly the right kind of motivation he was looking for.

“It is not for me to judge what motivates anyone else, but I need a challenge. This is definitely a big challenge. That’s for sure, but I am enjoying it. That’s the thing: every game for London Irish is a big game for me," Franks told the Telegraph.

“Every team is new to me, most players are new, new grounds. You have so much tradition and history over here that you don’t get in Super Rugby.

"I played in front of the Shed at Gloucester last week. That was fantastic. That’s exciting for me.”

Franks additionally believes that Irish are not far away from turning their season around.

“In the last last month if the game finished at half-time we would have won four to five games. But it doesn’t and the teams are too good here for you to only put in 40 minutes," added Franks.

"When we start to put 80 minutes together I think we will start getting results, but we need to start doing that soon otherwise it won’t count for much.”