Pietsch pumped for Hamilton return

Mens - Hamilton
by Sam Phillips

Having watched his teammates claim Sydney 7s glory from the stands, the Hamilton 7s can't come quick enough for Dylan Pietsch.

Pietsch was one of three inclusions for the New Zealand leg of the World Series, with skipper Lewi Holland and Jesse Parahi rested on the quick backup and Boyd Killingworth (hamstring) ruled out through injury.

Pietsch has battled through some injuries of his own over the past year, tearing his hamstring twice and fracturing his face at the Oceania 7s.

That made the call from coach Andy Friend that little bit sweeter.

"I'm over the moon," Pietsch told RUGBY.com.au.Pietsch and Sam Croke visited a school in Hamilton on Thursday. Photo: Rugby Australia Media"I have had a few injuries over the past few months and I haven't played many tournaments so for him to call me up and faith in me is something I'm really grateful for.

"Hopefully I get the opportunity to show the what I've got.

"I had a fair few people help me through the way - guys like Jesse Parahi who have had a few injuries - all the Sevens boys have got around me as well so to get that call from Friendy was something I had been waiting for for a long time."

The 19-year-old made his World Series debut in the corresponding tournament in Wellington this time last year and he has showcased a lethal attacking arsenal in picking up five caps since.

He is now one of several young stars emerging within the squad that took Sydney by storm at the weekend.Sam Croke and Dylan Pietsch will get their first cracks on the World Series circuit for 2018 in Hamilton. Photo: Rugby Australia Media"Sitting in the stands we were on the edge of our seats every game," Pietsch said.

"The boys really showed what we have been training for the whole time - we have been doing that the whole time, we just have to show it."

Australia have drawn Fiji, Wales and Spain in Hamilton and they will be out to show Sydney was no fluke.

"We've got a lot of confidence in our systems so if we can stick to that, hopefully we can get another win," Pietsch said.

"It's going to be tough and we will have to be on our best every game but hopefully the boys can get through it."

The Hamilton Sevens kick off on Saturday morning AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


Australian Hamilton 7s pool matches

10:58am AEDT - Australia vs Spain

2:02pm AEDT - Australia vs Wales

5:50pm AEDT - Australia vs Fiji