All Blacks Sevens star DJ Forbes calls an end to his rugby career

DJ Forbes is now looking forward to complete his Master's degree and later switch to coaching
DJ Forbes is now looking forward to complete his Master's degree and later switch to coaching

New Zealand Sevens star DJ Forbes has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Forbes, who was awarded the 2008 New Zealand Samoan Sportsperson of the year has been with the Sevens team for 11 years from 2006 and is the most capped player in the history of World Rugby Sevens Series.

Having appeared in 89 tournaments and featuring in 512 games, the 34-year-old flanker also led the team to a Commonwealth Games gold in 2010 and a World Cup title as well.

"The last 11 years with the All Blacks Sevens has been an awesome ride that I've loved every minute of," Forbes said in a statement released by New Zealand Rugby.

"I've built life-long friendships with players, coaches and management and got to experience the high of success on the international stage.

"I want to thank all those who have helped and supported me on the way, from club level right through to the national side."

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew paid tribute to Forbes.

"His natural leadership saw him take on the captaincy of the team during a period of triumph and his knowledge of sevens and calm wisdom will be sorely missed," Tew said.

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