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Sevens side boosted ahead of Commonwealth Games

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James Mortimer     02 Oct 2010     Getty Images

Forbes has been under an injury cloud of late, with a groin injury troubling him over the last few months.

The veteran forward has played two games off the reserves bench for Counties-Manukau, with Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens needing to be reassured that his skipper was able to match it at first class level before the Games.

Forbes not only turned up fit, but was showing no signs of discomfort from a groin injury and looks to be determined to keep the New Zealanders impressive streak alive.

Three tournaments, three Gold Medals, and not a single loss at Commonwealth Games level.

Forbes, a renowned fitness freak, will form a formidable forward one-two hit with former Sevens captain Liam Messam.

One of the New Zealanders traditional strength in the Sevens game is having a couple of bruising loose forwards able to dominate physically, allowing speedsters like Hosea Gear and co to run rampant in the open abbreviated game.

They will leave for Dubai to acclimatise for the Indian heat, before heading to Dubai.