Owen Franks pays tribute to brother ahead of 100th Test – 'I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Ben'

They say props don't get the accolades and Owen Franks wants this week to be no different.

Despite being set to become the ninth All Black to play 100 Tests, Franks instead deflected the praise to his older brother and former All Black Ben.

"I wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for Ben because he was sort of paving the way for our family, I guess."

The duo were the first siblings in the world to win multiple Rugby World Cups.

Like most props, both are known to be men of few words with little room for emotion – even when praising 100 Tests.

Owen said he and his brother are not a very emotional bunch of lads, but Ben texted him saying he is 'proud' ahead of his 100th Test for NZ. Source: 1 NEWS

"I did get a text from him (Ben) this morning, something along the lines of you know 'proud' of me and that," said Owen.

"Then he said don't text back, because then it would be awkward."

Franks also paid tribute to former All Black tightheads Carl Hayman and Greg Sommerville, who once held the All Black record for most Tests without a try with 42.

That record has since been smashed by Franks who is tryless in his 99 appearances.

Ironically, Sommerville ended the drought at the same venue Franks will run out on to tomorrow night – Eden Park.