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Forbes steps down as All Blacks Sevens captain
Long serving All Blacks Sevens
captain D J Forbes is stepping aside
from the captaincy of the team he has
been a key part of since 2006.
The veteran sevens specialist said
he came to his decision after much
reflection and discussions with coach
Gordon Tietjens. His decision aimed
to ensure he was in the best possible
shape to help his chances of being
selected for the New Zealand Sevens
team that will compete at the Rio
Olympics in 2016.
“I’ve had an awesome run with this
team and this is just a change of guard.
My key focus is on getting my body
to 100 per cent and by stepping aside
from the responsibilities of captain I
can focus solely on what I need to do
to get in the best shape mentally and
physically. Titch and I agree this is the
best way to get me to the Olympics.
“This also means I will be in a position
to help grow another captain while I’m
still involved and more importantly
to put the team in good shape for the
Olympics and beyond.
“My body doesn’t bounce back quite
like it used to and as an athlete I would
never compromise anything and this
way I know if I make the Olympics, it
will be on merit and not by default.”
Forbes is one of the most successful
players to ever pull on the sevens black
jersey having made his debut for the
team in 2006. “I’ve been captain pretty
much since making the team so this
move might allow me a bit of freedom
to really enjoy what will probably be
my last year of international sevens and
to go out and play as one of the boys.
“I never played rugby to be the
captain but the privilege of leading
this team has been a huge honour. Not
having (c) after my name isn’t the end
of the world because I’m still living the
dream, doing what I love.”
Coach Gordon Tietjens said he
would name a successor to Forbes
shortly when the initial squad for the
2015-16 season was named later this
“I complement D J on the big
decision he has made and wanting to
solely focus on getting to the Olympics.
He wants to overcome his injuries and
doesn’t want the pressure of captaincy
and I respect that.
“It ’s going to be very competitive to
win selection and he knows that. We
both feel this decision will allow him
the space to focus on overcoming his
injuries and getting in the right shape.
This will give him the best opportunity
to make the team.
“He has been wonderful captain
and we will still rely on his experience
and leadership skills to help the new
captain. He still has much to offer the
“D J always led by the way he played;
he is an inspirational figure and very
much the face of sevens and the team.
Our successes over the years owe much
to his skills as a player and leader.”
— New Zealand Herald
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Junior finals draw
The draw for the three junior rugby finals
to be contested at Rugby Park
tomorrow is —
Kiwi v Marist, Rugby Park 1 (M Slaven).
Kiwi v Blaketown, Rugby Park 1 (R Blair).
Wests v South Westland-Kiwi,
Rugby Park 1 (M Cowlin).
Calab Harris, Nate McKewen, Jack Eason, Liam
Renton, Jake van Beek, Meg Thoran, Murphy
MacPherson, Tipene Patena-Fortune, Blake
Robinson, Leyton Foster, Silas Hayman, Bradon
Thomas, Robert Kihi, Kieren Black, Dennis Kihi,
Makaira Lapaio, Rueben Anderson, Luke Jellie,
Logan Shaw. Coach: Mike Foster. Manager: Pat
Connell. Assistant manager: Ben McKewen.
SOUTH WESTLAND-KIWI COMBINED
Tonihi Paewhenua, Charles Alsdorf, Chad Maisey,
Joe Glancy, Ronan Shilling, Cameron Mathieson,
James Nicholas, Pou McDowel, Jayden Page,
Henare Masen, Shayden Apiata, James McGuigan.
Tamati Frost, Tyrone MacPherson, Ayrton Perry,
Layk Scowan, Ethan Lamport, Liam Mulholland,
Gavin Lyall, Quinn Johnsen, Kane Parker, Marty
Rochford, Ryan Shaw, Aubrey Gilmour, Jack Rae.
Coaches: John and Kyle Parker.
Mckenzie Clarke, Patrick Haussman, Zane Keith,
Mars Flintoff, Bailey Gillamm Alex Clark, Mitchell
Smith, Ben Gillman, Riley Pascoe, George
Gilbertson, Gage Jamiesonm Jack South, Cameron
Malloch. Coaches: Craig Clark, Murray Malloch.
Will van der Geest, Griffin Thomas, Jack Byrne,
Max Welsford, Joshua Robbins, Joshua Costello,
Antonio Verhoeven, Alexander Stone, Lofe
Leileifua, Nikalai Duffell, Jack Newman, Isaiah
Sheehan-Priest. Coach: Colin van der Geest.
Horowai U, Hamish Miller, William Fletcher, Ben
Mann, Jordan Hunter, Austin Linklater, Riley
Fanselow, Michael O’Neil-Braid, Carlos Thompson,
Brad Thorn, Issac Lampton, Vinny Glass, Nathan
Booker, Teagan Hotter, Robert Hotter. Coach:
Dylan Thompson. Manager: Rebecca Thompson.
The home of West Coast rugby —
Rugby Park in Greymouth, plays host to
the junior rugby finals tomorrow.
A feature of the matches will be
a strong Hokitika presence in the
three finals — Kiwi has teams in the
under-12 and under-10 finals, while in
the under-14 final a combined South
Westland-Kiwi team is pitted against
the other Hokitika side, Wests.
The combined under-14 side has had
a good season, with all players showing
commitment and all have developed as
The competition in this grade has
been challenging and all teams that
the combined side have played have
shown character and fairness.
South Westland-Kiwi combined
coach Kick Clancy said the support
from parents throughout the season
had also been impressive.
The Kiwi under-12 side which meets
Blaketown in the grand final has had
an impressive season and is looking
forward to the final.
Kiwi has played well as a team
throughout the year, with the forwards
and backs combining well to score
some good tries.
The rivalry in all three finals will be
fierce — the Greymouth teams will be
working hard to grab the trophies in
the various grades, while the Hokitika
sides will be wanting to make the trek
home afterwards smiling.
The grand finals get under way from
Prior to those matches, players in the
under-8 and under-6 grades will play
rippa rugby matches on the park,
starting at 9.30am.
Hokitika in three finals
Wests JAB teams
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for the finals
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for their commitment together
with referees throughout this
Rugby season and wish all the
finalists the best of luck
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