OLD rivals Germany stand between York City Rowing Club star Tom Ransley and victory at this weekend’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Ransley will line up in the Great Britain eight in the Grand Challenge Cup aiming to avenge defeats by the German crew in the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand and the opening round of this year’s World Cup series in Munich.

The 25-year-old University of York graduate will row in the semi-finals on Saturday, with the final being held on Sunday.

Crews from Australia and the USA complete the field.

The GB crew are counting down to the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, in late August and early September, which sees the start of qualification for the London 2012 Olympics.

The team will be announced on July 19.