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Forbes poised to set sevens record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

All Blacks Sevens veteran DJ Forbes is set to notch a record-breaking 80 sevens world series tournaments after re-signing with New Zealand Rugby for another season.

Forbes, who made his debut in 2006, and Regan Ware have signed until the end of 2017 while Sam Dickson, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia and Joe Webber have extended their contracts through to 2018.

Along with skipper Scott Curry, who had already signed until the end of 2018, the six form the core of the 14-strong New Zealand Sevens squad which leaves on Sunday for pre-Olympics training camp in Florida.

Neil Sorenson, NZ Rugby's general manager of rugby, says the bulk re-signing is good news.

"As we've seen in recent years, it's only going to get tougher to succeed in sevens so it's very pleasing that we can head into next season with a solid base," he said.

Sorenson said Forbes's experience would prove invaluable over the next World Rugby sevens series, which kicks off in Dubai on December 2.

"His example, coupled with an intimate knowledge of the game, is hugely valuable for the team."

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