Franks’ signature is another boost for the Hurricanes, two days after welcoming back TJ Perenara on a two-year deal and hot on the heels of Ngani Laumape’s decision to join French Top-14 side Stade Francais.
The 33-year-old’s experience at both test and Super Rugby level will be welcomed by the Wellngton-based side, who finished last in Super Rugby Aotearoa this year with just two wins.
The opportunity for Franks to mentor young All Blacks prop Tyrel Lomax is also seen as a major benefit to the move.
While Franks is no stranger to Super Rugby, he will have to adjust to a new environment in the capital, having spent all of his decade-long Super Rugby career with the Crusaders. 
Making his debut in 2009, Franks played 150 games for the Christchurch-based franchise, including three Super Rugby titles.
The Hurricanes have chosen not to comment on Franks’ move, but it’s understood his unveiling in the capital is imminent.
The franchise is still yet to secure key All Blacks Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett, who are both off contract at the end of the year.
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