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first_imgForbes is the most capped player in world sevens series history, playing in 89 World Series tournaments and a record 512 games.The 34-year-old won 26 tournaments and six World Series titles with the All Blacks Sevens.He also captained New Zealand to gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to the World Cup title in 2013.Forbes was named International Sevens Player of the Year in 2008 and has been the recipient of the Richard Crawshaw Memorial Trophy for Sevens Player of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2014, the most wins by any player.Forbes said it was time to move on to other challenges.”The last 11 years with the All Blacks Sevens has been an awesome ride that I’ve loved every minute of.”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 chief executive Steve Tew said Forbes’ retirement was the end of an era.”DJ has been an integral part of an incredibly successful All Blacks Sevens outfit that defined the way the game is played. 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.”His success in sevens is without peer. He’s been a consistent and dominant force on the world stage for so long, achieving nearly every title and accolade sevens has going during his playing career.”DJ is one of the great guys of rugby. Dominant on the field and respected off it. He’s has been a great ambassador both nationally and internationally for sevens and has given a huge amount of his time help grow its profile. We are sad to see him go but wish him and his family all the best for the next stage in his career.”All Blacks Sevens Head Coach Clark Laidlaw said Forbes was an inspiration to the team.”DJ’s contribution to sevens has been as big as any. His consistency of performance over a long-playing career is unheralded. What impresses me is DJ’s ability to always play at his very best and lead by example, regardless of the circumstances. We wish him the best of luck for the future.”Photo: PHOTOSPORT DJ Forbes.last_img read more

first_imgJIM McGUINNESS has insisted he hasn’t been offered any positions at Celtic or Liverpool, but wouldn’t rule out considering any offers if he was given them in the future.The Donegal manager has been linked in various newspapers with jobs in soccer in Britain since winning the All-Ireland.The sports psychologist told the Shaun Doherty Show today that he has had no approaches from any teams but found the links “very flattering.” “I was invited over to Celtic a few weeks ago to a Champions League match and I went to the training grounds. It was a fantastic set-up,” he said.But there were no offers of jobs, pointing out that he would look at any that were made.“I suppose if Highland offered me a position you’d have to sit down and talk to them,” said McGuinness.“If a professional football team and came in and said they were interested in talking to you then it is something you’d have to consider. I am a young man with three children and you would consider it,” he said. The All-Ireland winner said he had worked with golfers, Derry City and Finn Harps but added: “If something came up I’d talk it over with my wife – that would be the approach.”Jim is a big Celtic and Arsenal fan – and he praised Neil Lennon for how he ran his team in Glasgow.The manager gave a wide-ranging interview on the success at Croke Park.Asked if he realised that he was being hero-worshipped by Donegal fans all over the world, he said: “It’s not something I’m even aware of because you live in your own wee bubble.”He said he had heard all sorts of stories about fans before and after the match and how they had celebrated. But he said he had never experienced Donegal as a supporter – always as a player or as a manager.McGuinness spoke again of his satisfaction in seeing his players climb the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire, a satisfaction shared by his assistant Rory Gallagher and the rest of the backroom team.Asked about walking out of the Croke Park press conference until Declan Bogue – the journalist – had left, the Donegal manager again referred to Bogue’s book and insisted he had got several things wrong.“If you are a Christian you have to forgive people; it was about people wanting the bread buttered on both sides. There were things that weren’t true in his book,” he said. “This fella can write x, y and z and then expect to come in to fill their back pages on the back of our All-Ireland success….I wasn’t happy to do that interview.”McGuinness said it was now “water under the bridge”.“Even if there was a full page apology the people who read the book wouldn’t see the apology,” he said.He went on: “You have to have your principles and you have to stand up for yourself.”The Donegal manager also praised his team members for their dedication to the county.He also promised fans abroad that they may take the Sam Maguire to Boston and New York in the coming months.Asked about the Late Late Show visit – which was just four minutes – Jim refused to become embroiled in the controversy.He said they had been in RTE for three or four hours and the team enjoyed the experience and meeting other guests.“It was a good experience for them (the players),” he said.He said people in Donegal probably wanted more on the programme because the appetite was so strong.The manager said he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans for their support and messages of congratulations.JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticDonegal GAAJim McGuinnessLiverpoollast_img read more