DJ Forbes takes time out to heal body

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Forbes, who has just returned from leading the All Black Sevens to victory at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, was not named by coach Tana Umaga in his ITM Cup squad announced yesterday.

Forbes led the Steelers back to the Premiership last year and each season has juggled his fifteens commitments with sevens since debuting for the All Blacks Sevens in 2006.

But he was adamant a break from fifteens was the right decision to safeguard his long term involvement in the shortened game.

"I decided to stand down from ITM Cup to give my body a long overdue rest in the hope of pro-longing my sevens career and contributing all I can to the sevens environment.

"Obviously it comes at a huge cost because I still enjoy fifteens and I’m going to miss my boys at the Steelers and what we have built over the years.

"But decisions like these have to be made and I’m sure everyone can see that the sevens game is changing and the time off to prepare for a circuit is essential with how the game is going and its demands on the body.”

Another busy World Series awaits the All Blacks Sevens with the HSBC Sevens World Series kicking off in the Gold Coast on 12 October and ending in London on 11 May. The team then prepares to defend their Commonwealth Games title at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow 26-27 July 2014.