THE selection of your Warrington Wolves team of the decade now switches focus to the pack.

All the pace and wizardry in the backs would struggle without a good platform set by the forwards, and it is up to you to pick the players who have pulled on the jersey between 2010 and the present day to do just that.

This week, we need our two front rowers and while The Wire have been blessed with so many excellent props in this decade, we have narrowed the options down to these five…


The majority of Woody’s work in a Wire shirt may have been done prior to 2010, but this selection of front rowers would feel incomplete without him.

Hard-working and with a good offload, Wood was a player who stayed the course as the club transitioned from one struggling at Wilderspool to competing at the right end at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Indeed, the incident for which he is probably best remembered came within this decade towards the back end of his career.

Wood suffered a ruptured testicle one minute into the second half of the 2012 Super League Grand Final but remarkably, he finished the game and did several media interviews after the final hooter before heading to hospital to have surgery.

That show of bravery catapulted him into the imagination of the wider public but to Wire fans, that was just Woody.

He helped The Wire to two Challenge Cups – coming off the bench in the 2010 and 2012 finals – and a League Leaders’ Shield before leaving at the end of the 2014 campaign.

His final tally stood at 339 Warrington appearances, during which he scored 50 tries.

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Paul Wood. Picture by Mike Boden


Could we really have this vote without him?

Arriving as a statement, “look at us” signing aimed at taking the club to the next level, Morley will always be remembered as the captain who brought the Challenge Cup back to Warrington after a 35-year absence.

In this particular decade, he was first up the Wembley steps to touch the famous silverware on two more occasions.

He was also the man who led Warrington in their first ever Super League Grand Final in 2012.

So many milestones, and Moz was at the forefront of them all.

It was not just finals either – who could forget that “long range” try against Saints at the 2013 Magic Weekend following Micky Higham’s break, for example?

Outside of his Warrington career, he is one of a select group of players who can boast Grand Final victories on both sides of the globe.

His final Warrington appearance ended in Grand Final heartbreak in 2013. It can be said of many Wire players from this era, but a Super League title really was the only thing missing from Morley’s time at the club.

He left for hometown club Salford with his place in the hearts of Wire fans firmly secured.

Overall, Morley played 173 times for The Wire and scored nine tries in that time.

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Adrian Morley lifts the 2012 Challenge Cup with Tony Smith. Picture by Mike Boden


There was plenty of fuss surrounding Carvell’s decision to back-track on signing a new deal with Hull FC to join Warrington, but Wire fans will be mighty glad he did.

Alongside Morley and others, the Yorkshireman proved to be a cornerstone of a golden era for the club in the early 2010s.

Whether it was from the start or off the bench, you could always guarantee grit and grunt from Carvell.

He played in the 2010 and 2012 Challenge Cup Final but missed the latter year’s Grand Final due to a back injury.

Would he have made a difference? We will never know.

He did get on from the bench in the following year’s Old Trafford showpiece as The Wire lost to Wigan, and that proved his final game in primrose and blue.

Bradford had announced his signature midway through 2013, but their plunge into administration led to him returning to Hull before ending his career with spells at Castleford and Featherstone.

Carvell’s Wire record stands at 18 tries in 135 appearances.

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Garreth Carvell in action against Leeds in 2013. Picture by Mike Boden


Cooper is set to be awarded a testimonial in 2020 – a true marker of his contribution to his hometown club across two spells.

It is hard to believe that he made his debut some 13 years ago, but it was in the 2010s that he really started to grow into what he always dreamt of becoming.

In a highly competitive front row featuring several big names, it was difficult for Cooper to get a look-in at first but the 2013 season saw him begin to start games.

Then, the call came from Down Under and the talented prop left Warrington to earn his stripes in the NRL with St George Illawarra.

He did just that and when he returned to The Wire ahead of the 2017 campaign, he did so as a fully-fledged England international.

In the two years that followed after Steve Price – the man who brought him to Australia – took the helm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Cooper has played arguably his best rugby in a Wire shirt.

His international exclusion continues to baffle many, but Wolves fans will be happy enough to keep him all to themselves.

Cooper has made 219 appearances and counting for Warrington and looks set for another big role in 2020.

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Mike Cooper celebrates scoring against St Helens in 2017. Picture by Mike Boden


There will not have been many who would have envisaged the kind of impact Hill has had when he made the step up from the Championship in 2012.

Since then, however, he has turned himself into a mainstay of the pack at both club and international level.

When he first burst onto the scene after signing from Leigh Centurions, his impressive footwork in spite of his large frame caught the eye as well as his signature headgear.

When the likes of Morley, Carvell and Wood left for pastures new, it was left to Hill to take over as the leader of the Wolves forwards.

From there, he was named vice-captain to Joel Monaghan in 2015 before being promoted to the captaincy in 2016 – a role he still holds today in partnership with Jack Hughes.

It is hard to imagine a Warrington pack without Hill in it at present as he remains one of the first names on Steve Price’s teamsheet.

After four losing finals as captain, his tears of joy that followed this year’s Challenge Cup Final win showed exactly what it meant to him to lead this club to glory.

He has pulled on the primrose and blue 259 times so far, scoring 32 tries in that time.

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Chris Hill scores against Wigan in 2016. Picture by Mike Boden