DJ Forbes is one of the most recognised sevens players in the world. His distinctive shaved head and at times bushy beard have been the hallmark of a player known for his physicality and bustling defence.
Since his All Blacks Sevens debut in 2006, he played in 79 tournaments equalling the record for most appearances. After a long period of successful captaincy, he decided to focus solely on getting in the best possible shape to win selection for the Olympic team.
During a decade with his national side he won six World Series titles and earned a Commonwealth Games gold medal (Delhi, 2010) and silver (Glasgow, 2014). Forbes was International Sevens Player of the Year in 2008 and New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2014.
|Name||(Dj) Derek Jamie Forbes|
|Current Team||All Blacks Sevens|
|Date of Birth||15/12/1982|
|Place of Birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Favourite 7s Tournament||Hong Kong Sevens|
|Favourite 7s Player||Tomasi Cama|
WOULD YOU RATHER
Have the ability to fly or the ability to read people's mind?
Go without your car or the Internet for a month?
Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?
Would you rather go forward or back in time?
Have a night out or evening in?
Watch TV or read a book?
Read a book
Use Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter, if I had an account
Photo: World Rugby / Martin Siras Lima
PLEASE TELL US...
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Lounge around and catchup with family and friends.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Greek Islands, Mykonos
What is your favourite film?
What has been your biggest challenge?
Juggling footy and family time.
What is your biggest success up until now?
Commonwealth Games Gold in Delhi 2010
What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Its been awhile so not sure what they teaching these days anyway lol.
What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?
Finish my Master's course
What’s next for you?
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