Forbes out of Glasgow, London tournaments

Last updated 05:00 26/04/2013
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TITLE SHOT: DJ Forbes will captain an experienced All Blacks Sevens team at the World Cup in Moscow.

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Inspirational New Zealand sevens rugby captain DJ Forbes has been forced to withdraw from the next world series tournaments in London and Glasgow with a foot injury sustained at the Tokyo tournament.

Tim Mikkelson will take over as captain. 

In addition to Forbes, Toby Arnold, Sam Dickson, Mark Jackman and David Raikuna were also not considered because of injury. 

Returning from injury are IRB sevens player of the year Tomasi Cama who missed Hong Kong and Tokyo, Kurt Baker who has not played since Wellington and Scott Curry who makes his first squad of the season.

Twenty year old back Pita Ahki is the only new cap. He is a member of the Blues wider training group and played for New Zealand Under 20 at the Junior World Championship in South Africa last year.

Coach Gordon Tietjens said the injuries had made selection challenging. 

"We are determined to end the season on a high note so we are looking for top performances in Glasgow and London which will hopefully seal the series for us," Tietjens said.

"While it's disappointing not to have DJ on the team, we're hoping this gives him plenty of time to come right for Moscow for the Rugby World Cup in late June. That's a key event for us in terms of our build-up for Rio in 2016.

"Tim did a great job stepping up to the captain's role in Tokyo and certainly deserves the honour of leading the team again."

New Zealand: Pita Ahki, Kurt Baker, Tomasi Cama, Scott Curry, Gillies Kaka, Rocky Khan, Ben Lam, Tim Mikkelson (c), Lote Raikabula, Sherwin Stowers, Trinity Spooner-Neera, Belgium Tuatagaloa.

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