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Dunkley-Smith to replace Lloyd in Men’s Coxless Four

Hicks and Cunningham-Reid to trial for vacant seat in Men’s Coxed Eight

Rowing Australia today announced that Joshua Dunkley-Smith will replace the injured Alexander Lloyd in the Men’s Coxless Four. Dunkley-Smith has been competing for Australia in the Men’s Coxed Eight and his vacant seat in that boat will be filled by either Joshua Hicks or Christopher Cunningham-Reid.

Lloyd was forced to pull out of the Men’s Four after breaking his collarbone in a recent road bike accident while training overseas and the Australian selectors have elected to move Victorian Dunkley-Smith into the Men’s Four alongside William Lockwood, Alexander Hill and Spencer Turrin.

Meanwhile, the two Men’s Sweep reserves of Hicks and Cunningham-Reid will trial for the seat left vacant by Dunkley-Smith with Rowing Australia to confirm the crew in due course that will race at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France later this month.

Chairman of Selectors and Australian Rowing Team Head Coach, Chris O’Brien said: “Josh was the obvious choice as a replacement in the Men’s Four with a proven track history in the boat having won silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as recent World Rowing Cup and Championship medals in the boat class.

“While disruption to any crew is not ideal with five weeks to go to the World Rowing Championships and Olympic qualification regatta, we believe that the changes announced today will lead to a relatively smooth transition.

“Josh will bring a good deal of experience to the Men’s Four as they seek to repeat their Gold medal performance from the Lucerne World Cup, while we have two strong options to replace Josh in the Men’s Eight in the form of Josh Hicks and Christopher Cunningham-Reid which will mean that the crew can continue its positive progression. I will work closely with the Men’s Eight coach, Tim McLaren, to determine which athlete is selected into the crew.”