Ben Smith Rugby World Cup: All Blacks drop Owen Franks from squad

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With his move to Europe leaving him ineligible for selection, Franks’ All Blacks career could be at an end

New Zealand have surprisingly left Northampton-bound prop Owen Franks out of their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad.

Franks, 31, has won 108 caps but misses out with Atu Moli, yet to make an All Blacks start, among those preferred.

The holders have only two specialist fly-halves in their squad with Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga included.

Centre Sonny Bill Williams, number eight Kieran Read and second row Sam Whitelock will attempt to win a third successive Rugby World Cup.

The trio were also part of the successful

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