In an update to the announcement on 16 March 2018, Rowing Australia today confirmed the coxswain for the 2018 Australian Rowing Team’s Women’s Eight set to compete at World Rowing Cups 2 and 3. James Rook of Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC/VIS) has been selected to cox the crew.

This is the first time Australia has selected a male coxswain for its Women’s Eight in international competition. Rook made his debut for Australia in 2017, when he coxed the Men’s Coxed Pair and Men’s Eight, at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.