The Australia rugby sevens star and Olympian is now officially a Waratah.
The Australian Sevens team recruited the young star straight from secondary school and help the team in their Tokyo Olympic Games campaign.
The 23-year-old is now taking a new role in Super Rugby and was announced to be the starting winger for their match against the Fijian Drua on Friday.
“It’s pretty surreal. I tried to hold back my tears during the team meeting but didn’t really do a good job of it because I’ve wanted to play Super Rugby since I started at Leeton Phantoms when I was four,” Pietsch said in an interview.
“Playing sevens was incredible, but this is something I’ve always dreamed of doing and it’s weird that I’m achieving it because not many people in my family get to do what they want in their life.”
“He was very emotional when he got announced … his family has had its trial and tribulations and he feels like he has done really well for his family,” he said.
“It’s one of the joys of coaching when you can give good kids that like an opportunity. He’s tough, he’s athletic, he’s physical and he’s fast. He just has to run hard and tackle hard and the rest will take care of itself.”
“We’ve had a couple of wins, but are we winners yet? They’ve remembered how to win,” Coleman said.
“Part of that exercise was to get them winning again. Sometimes you get that taste and you want it again.”
“NSW produces around 60 per cent of rugby players for the country so if its flagship team isn’t doing well, it’s not inspiring the next generation,” he said.
“The boys are well aware of that, Australian rugby is well aware that we need the biggest province doing well and we have taken that on board and are looking to turn it around.”