The team will not be the same without James Foad. Unfortunately he must undergo back surgery and this will put him out for Rio. He's not the biggest guy in the team, but he consistently delivers performances and has the Olympic and World Champs medals to prove it.
I really empathise with the guy, we both had back surgery around the similar time. And it seems that after couple of years of solid training the problems are comming up at the worse possible time.
I hope all goes well in surgery and I know whatever Toady decides to do next , (return to rowing?) I know he's gonna be successful.
However, for me, I’m sad to say my ‘Road to Rio’ has come to an end, the road workers are out, they’ve dug up the road, put temporary traffic lights in and theres a massive tail back for miles, which means I’ll never make it to Rio in time.