Robbie Manson has officially claimed the single sculls seat for this year's Rowing world cups and world championship after facing off with Kiwi rival and double-Olympic champion, Mahe Drysdale.
Manson was confirmed by Rowing New Zealand this morning for his third year in the single for the elite team.
It comes after a pair of big performances from Manson over the last two weeks after he followed up last month's win at the New Zealand Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha with a win in the final selection trial on Lake Karapiro on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old has been the dominant of the two since the Rio Games in 2016 but has yet to make his mark internationally, having failed to secure a medal in the last two years.
Manson told 1 NEWS on Tuesday he feels he's climbing towards his best form.
"I've learned a lot - I'm still new in the single, this is only my third year and I could potentially have another 10," Manson said.
"It means I've got to fight hard all year."
Emma Twigg has been named the women's representative in the event.