Rowing: Redgrave and Pinsent the main men: Britain's best head for Lucerne to challenge World Championship rivals

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STEVE REDGRAVE and Matthew Pinsent will lead the British team at the Lucerne Regatta this weekend, fresh from their solid victory over the New Zealand pair, Campbell Clayton-Greene and Bill Coventry, at Henley last week, writes Hugh Matheson from Lucerne, Switzerland.

Redgrave also won the coxless fours event as a spare man. The ruse paid off, because the four had their first victory over the German crew who had been their bogy opponents this season, beating them by narrow margins at three European regattas.

However, as Tim Foster has not recovered from his back injury, the four are unlikely to race again before the World Championships in Prague late next month. Ben Hunt-Davis and Richard Manners, from the coxless four, will instead race as a pair.

There will be two men's coxed fours, the Prince Philip Cup winners, stroked by Terry Dillon, and the four men cut from the eight selected for the World Student Games in Buffalo, New York, this week.

The men's team is completed by the new quadruple scull, stroked by Wade Hall Craggs with Roger Brown and Guy Pooley from the Olympic quad in the middle seats and Gareth Walters at bow.

Miriam Batten and Jo Turvey are unbeaten in the women's coxless pair this season, but will meet their likely rivals at the World Championships for the first time this weekend.

The lightweight women's world silver medal four features one change: Jane Hall for Claire Davies. The double scull pair of Helen Mangan and Patricia Corless will want to shake off the distraction of having raced in the inaugural women's single sculls at Henley; while Sue Key, who was second in the world in 1992 and Sue Appleboom, seventh in 1991, are likely to be predominantly concerned with beating each other to secure the single sculls place for Prague.

The lightweight men's team has its 1992 gold-medal four intact, while six men survive from the silver-medal eight from the same year. They will will have a tough race against the Danish champions and a new German eight.

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