WE are getting closer and closer to the big reveal of your Warrington Wolves team of the decade.

The full dream team of players to have pulled on the primrose and blue between 2010 and the present day will be revealed in our Christmas edition but before then, we still have some positions to fill.

This week, the right second row spot is up for grabs and we have narrowed the choice down to two options…


Since its opening, The Halliwell Jones Stadium has shook to the strains of “Super Bennie Westwood” regularly.

Even though the iconic Yorkshireman has now retired, it probably still will.

As The Wire transformed themselves from also-rans to trophy challengers, Westwood has been there through it all.

He may have had a few more injuries and suspensions that he would have liked, but Wire fans will not have had him any other way.

It is hard to fathom that he joined as a versatile outside back in 2002, but he credits Paul Cullen’s decision to switch him to the back row as one that saved his career.

In this decade, he continued to form part of devastating right edges that brought Challenge Cups, League Leaders’ Shields and Old Trafford appearances.

The latter part of his career saw him transform himself into more of an impact front rower or loose forward, but he will forever be remembered for his work out on the edges.

The place will never be quite the same again after he confirmed his retirement earlier this year – Warrington without Super Bennie just seems strange.

A record of 446 appearances, 128 tries and 83 goals, however, means he leaves a Wire legend.

Warrington Guardian:

Ben Westwood – sombrero in tow – celebrates winning the 2010 Challenge Cup. Picture by Mike Boden


A man whose reputation both in the dressing room and on the terraces continues to rise.

Lovingly dubbed “Mr Consistency” by his teammates, Steve Price’s decision to name Hughes as co-captain for the 2019 campaign alongside Chris Hill speaks volumes about his standing among his peers.

He may not be the man who will make a break or score a spectacular try, but the dirty work that often goes unseen is what he prides himself on.

Hughes is someone who will put his hand up to do whatever required of him for the team.

He played at stand-off – a position completely and utterly alien to him – in place of the injured Blake Austin in this year’s Challenge Cup Final but had St Helens star Jonny Lomax in his pocket as The Wire dramatically beat the odds to lift the trophy.

His first two Great Britain caps in this autumn’s disastrous tour Down Under came out of position in the centres, too.

That kind of thing speaks volumes about the “team first” attitude he has. For that, Hughes is growing increasingly popular.

His Wire record thus far stands at 129 appearances and 29 tries.

Warrington Guardian:

Jack Hughes scores against Toronto in 2018. Picture by Mike Boden