Woods will continue as captain with Lawrence joined by Ballin as the team’s two vice-captains following the 2016 retirement of Dene Halatau.

Grant, Moses and Taylor are the new additions to the group for the 2017 season.

"As a club, I think we’ve made really great development in this leadership area,” coach Jason Taylor said.

“It’s really exciting for me to have a group of strong leaders that are so committed and focused on the improvement of firstly themselves, but also their teammates.”

Woods said the group would focus on encouraging a strong culture at the club. 

“This is a really great group of men and they’ll do a great job this year,” he said.

“Having the likes of Tim and Elijah join with their experience will be a great asset, and retaining a similar group from last year will also really help the team overall.

“Each person brings something really unique from a leadership point of view, and I’m really looking forward to working with them throughout the season.”