'This is just a change of the guard' - DJ Forbes steps down as All Blacks Sevens skipper

Veteran DJ Forbes has stepped down as captain of the All Blacks Sevens side in a bid to extent his career to next year's Rio Olympic Games.

The 33-year-old has been in the role for nearly a decade, having first taken the skipper's armband in late 2006, shortly after his debut for the national side.

He was named IRB International Sevens Players of the Year in 2008, and in the IRB Dream Team in 2013/14.

"I've had an awesome run with this team and this is just a change of guard," he said. 

"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."

Coach Gordon Tietjens will name a new captain when the initial squad for the 2015/16 season is named.

All Blacks Sevens captain DJ Forbes

"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 team," said Tietjens.

Forbes has helped New Zealand to six World Series titles and two Commonwealth Games gold medals. 

Sevens will make its Olympic debut at the 2016 Olympics.

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