All Blacks Sevens legend DJ Forbes announces retirement from rugby

DJ Forbes made 512 World Series appearances across his 11-year career with New Zealand Sevens. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Sevens legend DJ Forbes has announced his retirement from the game.

Forbes, the most capped player in World Rugby Sevens Series history, made 512 appearances in 89 tournaments and also led his country to a Commonwealth Games gold and World Cup title.

He hangs up his boots after 11 years on the circuit in order to complete a Master's degree and turn his attention to coaching.

"The last 11 years with the All Blacks Sevens has been an awesome ride that I've loved every minute of," Forbes said in a statement. "I've built life-long friendships with players, coaches and management and got to experience the high of success on the international stage.

"I want to thank all those who have helped and supported me on the way, from club level right through to the national side.

"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 Master's degree, which examines what makes successful coaching from an athlete's perspective, and my goal is to one day coach a national side."

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew described Forbes as "one of the great guys of rugby."

"His natural leadership saw him take on the captaincy of the team during a period of triumph and his knowledge of sevens and calm wisdom will be sorely missed," Tew said.