Hurney has impressed incoming manager Niall Carew with his enthusiasm since training resumed late last year and according to the Kildare man, it was an easy decision to make.
“He has always shown great commitment to Waterford in the past but I make my decisions on what I see myself and he has been first class,” said Carew.
“Gary is a player that would make any team in Ireland. He has shown that in the past with Munster. He gives us great leadership on and off the field.
“Like Gary, Shane has given his heart and soul to Waterford. He leads by example as well and I couldn’t be happier to have these two lads leading us out.”
Briggs had to be substituted in last Sunday’s McGrath Cup semi-final defeat to Tipperary with a knee injury but if that clears up, he will captain Waterford for their opening two league games.
Hurney will miss the trip to Clare and a home tie against Tipperary due to suspension.