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Saints duo named captains

Graham and Wellens to share leaderships duties for St Helens

Last Updated: 01/02/11 6:57pm

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Graham: England captain

Graham: England captain

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Paul Wellens and James Graham will share captaincy duties for St Helens this season following the retirement of Keiron Cunningham.

Head coach Royce Simmons could not split prop forward Graham, who led England in the 2010 Four Nations, and full-back Wellens, Saints' longest serving player.

"I know I am going against the tradition of what we've had over the past few years and I know that both James and Paul would have liked to have been captain on their own," Simmons told the club's website.

"But it is a great honour for me to be in a position to name them both. They both typify what St Helens is all about and are passionate about the club.

"I have sat down over the last few weeks and thought about the role of captain in the modern game and it has changed a lot. There are a lot of promotional and media commitments as well as what happens on the field.

"My choice of captain on game day will come after discussions with both of them and we will split their off-field commitments too."

Wellens added: "When I started out playing I wanted to play for St Helens but never dreamt I would captain the club.

"After a few years at Saints it was something I wanted to do and I have waited a long time to get that opportunity. I have played under some great captains and I am very privileged to lead out this great side."

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