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One-match ban for Warrington's Sims

Ashton Sims Credit: PA Images

Warrington prop Ashton Sims will lose his ever-present record in Super League XX after being given a one-match ban.

Sims, cited by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel, submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade B charge of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.

The Fiji international, who has appeared in all 23 matches for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, will be one of three players sidelined through suspension when Warrington go to Wakefield on Sunday.

Fellow front rower Anthony England has one game left to serve of a four-match ban for spitting and second rower Ben Currie will complete a two-match ban for pushing a referee.

Hooker Daryl Clark is free to face the Wildcats after admitting a grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident. He was not suspended but loses his right to an early-guilty plea for 12 months.

Warrington face double disciplinary action

Warrington Wolves are facing double disciplinary trouble Credit: PA Images

Warrington Wolves are facing double disciplinary trouble after incidents involving players and fans.

The club has been given a formal warning by the Rugby Football League about the behaviour of their fans during the Cheshire derby at Widnes over Easter.

Play was stopped and the referee took both teams off the pitch after a smoke canister was thrown onto the field of play in the early stages of the match at the Select Security Stadium on April 2.

An RFL investigation discovered that Wolves fans also threw coins and bottles onto the playing surface.

Warrington were found to be in breach of RFL operational rules regarding improper conduct and misconduct of spectators.

An RFL statement said: "The club were reminded of their responsibility to make best efforts to ensure there are no further incidents at future matches."

Forward Anthony England is facing disciplinary action for a spitting incident over the weekend Credit: PA Images

Meanwhile the club's forward Anthony England could be banned for up to eight matches after being charged with spitting at an opponent.

The 28-year-old was one of four players sin-binned during a spiteful Super League match between the Wolves and Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

He was shown a yellow card along with Giants captain Danny Brough following an out-break of fighting and apparently had to be restrained as the players continued their argument on the sidelines.

England has been charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel with a grade E offence which is rated alongside gouging and biting as one of the most heinous crimes that can be committed on a rugby field and carries a suspension of between four and eight matches.

The player does not have the option of submitting an early-guilty plea and will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday evening.


Joel Monaghan named new Warrington Wolves captain

Joel Monaghan. Credit: Press Association Images

Warrington Wolves have named Joel Monaghan as captain for the 2015 season and Chris Hill as vice captain.

The pair will take over the role from former captains Michael Monaghan - retired - and Ben Westwood.

Winger Monaghan is embarking on his fifth season with Warrington with 118 appearances and 128 tries to his name to date.

England International Hill joined from Championship side Leigh Centurions ahead of the 2012 season and has gone on to make 98 appearances cementing his place in the side and within the Super League competition.

Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "Joel's leadership qualities and knowledge of the game made him the stand-out candidate. Over the years he's developed as a leader and has become very influential within the group. He's highly respected by all the players and staff. I'm now looking forward to seeing him develop his leadership skills further and the positive impact it will have on the team.

"Chris' development over recent years is quite remarkable and this again is testimony to the hard work he's put in on and off the field. Chris leads by example and he's not only a future Warrington captain, but I believe a future England captain. Like Joel, Chris is immensely respected by his fellow players."

Smith adds on last year's joint captain Ben Westwood: "Ben still remains an influential and integral part of the team's leadership, as do a number of other players who have missed out on the captaincy. Relieving Ben of this role will allow him to focus on getting back to his best form we all know he's capable of."

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