Dylan Pietsch will make his return to the Australian 7s side this weekend at FMG Stadium for the Waikato Sevens in New Zealand.
He is the youngest member in this squad at the age of 19 having made his HSBC Sevens World Series debut in Wellington, New Zealand one year ago.
However, his promising start to his 7s career has kept in and out of the side having been hit by his injuries.
He is hopeful that Pietsch can perform this weekend’s opportunity at this very best in an appeal of becoming a permanent fixture with the Australian 7s squad.
What do we know about Dylan Pietsch?
- He is born on the 23rd April 1998 in his hometown of Leeton, New South Wales.
- Pietsch can play at his natrual position of Loose Forward.
- He weighs at 92 KGs and his height is 184 cm.
- He has advanced through the ranks of Australian Grassroots rugby where he played for The Kings’s School & Australian School Barbarians sides.
- He is a product of the Randwick Rugby Club where he normally plays his club/provincial Rugby.
- Pietsch was caught by the eye of current mens’s 7s coach Andy Friend in a call-up to the Senior Australian 7s Mens team having scouted Pietsch’s strong auditions for the Australian U18’s Sevens side.
How did he perform so far in the HSBC Sevens World Series?
- He made his debut at Westpac Stadium during the Wellington 7s in New Zealand on 28-29, January 2017.
- He has Six Australian 7s Caps to his name.
- He played 22 matches where he scored three tries, scored 15 points and has an average per match rate of 0.68.
Dylan Pietsch’s Final Thoughts before playing in Hamilton this weekend
He says every time you travel to a different country, you experience a different culture like the Haka where he feels a lot special from a player’s viewpoint.
Pietsch feels a bit nervous coming back on the field having been sidelined with injury over the past few months, limiting his playing time.
He has a great amount of support such as former West Tigers star Jesse Parahi who also experienced injuries himself.
Parahi knows how tough it is to go through injuries which can hurt any player’s development a lot on the field.
Pietsch is grateful for the selectors to keep the faith in him where he will play at the FMG Stadium this weekend with total confidence in aim to show what he has got to offer in terms of his talent and work rate.
Dylan Pietsch hopes to contribute the ARU 7s side with a back to back victory in Hamilton having won the Australian 7s in Sydney last weekend.
References: Some of the thoughts he said via a video interview as well as the picture, profile and facts of Dylan Pietsch is sourced from Rugby.com.au plus his statistics of his Sevens World Series career is sourced from the official World Rugby Website.