Joel Monaghan announced as Warrington Wolves captain

Warrington Wolves have named Joel Monaghan as captain for the 2015 season and Chris Hill as vice captain.

The pair will take over the role from former captains Michael Monaghan - retired - and Ben Westwood.

Winger Monaghan is embarking on his fifth season with Warrington with 118 appearances and 128 tries to his name to date.

England International Hill joined from Championship side Leigh Centurions ahead of the 2012 season and has gone on to make 98 appearances cementing his place in the side and within the Super League competition.

Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "Joel's leadership qualities and knowledge of the game made him the stand-out candidate. Over the years he's developed as a leader and has become very influential within the group. He's highly respected by all the players and staff. I'm now looking forward to seeing him develop his leadership skills further and the positive impact it will have on the team.

"Chris' development over recent years is quite remarkable and this again is testimony to the hard work he's put in on and off the field. Chris leads by example and he's not only a future Warrington captain, but I believe a future England captain. Like Joel, Chris is immensely respected by his fellow players."

Smith adds on last year's joint captain Ben Westwood: "Ben still remains an influential and integral part of the team's leadership, as do a number of other players who have missed out on the captaincy. Relieving Ben of this role will allow him to focus on getting back to his best form we all know he's capable of."