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Men's eight's Tokyo chances get big boost with Kiwi crew needing to beat just two boats at 'last chance regatta'

The New Zealand men's rowing eight will need to beat just two boats next week to punch a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics later this year.

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The men's eight are not taking any risks ahead of their do-or-die qualifier next month. Source: 1 NEWS

Crews have been confirmed for the "last chance regatta" in Lucerne, Switzerland next weekend with the top two finishers in the final gaining a spot at the July Games.

World Rowing confirmed just four crews will contest the men's eight class with New Zealand joined by China, Italy and Romania.

Romania enter the event as New Zealand's biggest competition after coming off an impressive European Championships performance last month where they claimed silver behind Great Britain and ahead of the Netherlands.

Italy came fifth in the same race.

New Zealand's eight will have some fire power though with 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond involved as well as the surprise addition of usual men's pair Tom Murray and Michael, who RNZ named in the squad last month.