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Tomkins confirmed as KR captain

12th January 2019, 19:37 by Tom McGarry

Joel Tomkins has been confirmed as Hull KR's new captain following Shaun Lunt's decision to step aside from the role.

Second-row Tomkins only joined the Robins midway through last season following his high-profile departure from Wigan Warriors, going on to make nine appearances for them during the second half of the campaign.

It was enough to earn the 31-year-old a new three-year contract in November and he appears to have had a positive effect on his team-mates after they elected him into the role of captain after a poll to decide who would succeed Lunt.

"It’s a massive privilege to be given the job, especially as the boys voted for it," Tomkins said when reflecting on being awarded the captaincy. "That really means a lot to me. I’ve worked really hard since I’ve come here to make a good impression and this is a big reward for that."

Hooker Lunt stepped down from the role to focus on his recovery from illness.

The 31-year-old spent three weeks in hospital towards the end of last season due to an abscess on his spine and will now focus on his rehabilitation.

Tomkins insists Lunt still has a major role to play for KR, as he is one of the many senior figures within the squad.

"Obviously Shaun has had a few issues towards the back end of last season and he hasn’t really done much so far this pre-season, so he decided to step down but he has still got a massive role to play," Tomkins added.

"We have a big group of senior boys, so it is not just down to me, we have a big group of leaders here."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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