Jurgen Grobler: GB men's coach keen to rebuild towards Tokyo 2020 Olympics

GB men's eight win Olympic gold in Rio
The men's eight won one of GB rowing's three gold medals at the Rio Olympics

Chief men's coach Jurgen Grobler says new faces must be given a chance to break into Great Britain's rowing team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Grobler guided the men's eight and four to gold medals in Rio after making a series of changes to the crews in the preceding 12 months.

"Some athletes will retire in the next two and a half years and we have to replace them," Grobler told BBC Sport.

"We have to give some new guys a chance and I hope it will be a challenge."

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, Grobler added: "It may be two and a half years until qualification for Tokyo. But we have to have a new Olympic team put together."

Grobler pointed to performances in the ongoing under-23 World Championships in Rotterdam as a source of encouragement ahead of the 2020 Games.

"That will give us a chance to see how things are working," he said.

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