Derek James Forbes
Bachelor of Applied Management (Sports Management) (2015)
When Derek James Forbes — better known as “DJ” — retired from playing last year, he brought to an end a career that has shaped the modern game of Sevens.
New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew notes DJ’s success in Sevens is without peer.
“He has been a consistent and dominant force on the world stage for so long, achieving nearly every title and accolade during his playing career.”
As Tew says: “DJ is one of the great guys of rugby. Dominant on the field and respected off it.
“He has been a great ambassador — both nationally and internationally — for Sevens and has given a huge amount of his time help grow its profile.”
On his retirement in September last year, Forbes reflected on his lengthy international career, the highlights of which extended well beyond the field.
“I’ve built lifelong friendships with players, coaches and management and got to experience the high of success on the international stage.
“Sevens means you’re on the road a lot. While I got to travel and represent my country, sacrifices were made at home. I want to thank my wife and kids and family and friends for their enormous support, and I am looking forward to being around a lot more.
“Today starts my new life after footy. I’m looking forward to finishing my Masters degree (through Otago Polytechnic’s Capable NZ school), which examines what makes successful coaching from an athlete’s perspective, and my goal is to one day coach a national side.”
DJ’s career includes the following highlights:
> 11 World Rugby Sevens series (512 games on that stage!)
> 153 tries in World Series events
> 2008 International Sevens Player of the Year
> NZ Sevens Player of the Year 2007, 2008 and 2014
> Rugby World Cup Sevens gold medal in 2013
> Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2010 and a silver in 2014