Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Former New Zealand Sevens captain and World Rugby’s most capped 7s player ever, DJ Forbes on Wednesday announced his retirement from the game.
Name: Derek Jamie (DJ) Forbes
Born: 15 December 1982 (age 34)
Town: Auckland, New Zealand
Since his first All Blacks Sevens cap in 2006, he has amassed quite a number of milestones:
- a record 89 World Series tournament appearances
- played in a record 512 World Series games
- scored 153 tries.
- he was on the winning side in 26 tournaments
- notched up six World Series victories.
- he has captained New Zealand to gold at a Commonwealth Games and World Rugby Sevens World Cup
- Forbes was named International Sevens Player of the Year in 2008
- has been the recipient of the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Trophy for Sevens Player of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2014, the most wins by any player.
In a post on social media, Forbes said:
I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from the All Blacks 7s team. It’s been an awesome ride and I’ve loved every minute of it.For the continued support from family and friends to the rollercoaster relationship with the fans and general
It’s been an awesome ride and I’ve loved every minute of it.
For the continued support from family and friends to the rollercoaster relationship with the fans and general public, I salute you.
Thanks to my mate who introduced me to sevens 12 years ago and to my coaches and management, from club right through to the national side, I will be forever grateful for the opportunities you have given me.
To the sponsors and organisations I’ve formed relationships with and my agents that have helped to sort contractual agreements, your time has been invaluable.
To the bunch of men I’ve gone into battle with over the last decade it’s been an absolute pleasure, some lifelong friendships have been gained and I have the utmost respect to all who I’ve trained beside and played with and those who have experienced some time in our 7s family.
I couldn’t have asked for a better job to have been doing up until this point. To my wife and kids, I’m so honoured that you supported me while I pursued my rugby, but today starts our life after footy. I’m looking forward to finishing off my Masters with the goal to one day coach a national side and hopefully explore some job opportunities that may arise to see what else the world has to offer.
Thank you and God Bless