Dylan Pietsch signs contract extension with NSW Waratahs

Wed, Feb 1, 2023, 7:00 PM
Waratahs Media
by Waratahs Media
Dylan Pietsch has signed a two year extension with the Waratahs
Dylan Pietsch has signed a two year extension with the Waratahs

The NSW Waratahs have secured the services of rising star Dylan Pietsch, with the outside back signing a two-year extension, keeping him in sky blue until the end of the 2025 season.

Pietsch, born and bred in Wiradjuri Country NSW, had a breakout season in 2022 for the Waratahs where he was awarded the Chris Whitaker Aspiring Medal (Rookie of the year) and was one of only four players to play every match of the season.

The former Olympian and Australian Sevens star’s dominant form in Super Rugby Pacific culminated in selection in the Australia A program, where he scored three tries in five games.

After a remarkable debut season, Pietsch was excited to continue his development at the Waratahs.

“The past 12 months have been the best and most enjoyable in my career on and off the field,” Pietsch said.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better debut season in Super Rugby, we’ve got an extremely tight group here and played some good footy off the back of it. I feel we’re building genuine depth across the park and it’s exciting to think about what we can achieve in the next few years.

“I honestly believe we have the best coaching staff in the competition – they’re very detailed orientated but create an environment where everyone connects well and pushes each other to better, which is the best thing you can have.

“I feel because of this I was able to adapt and progress so much in a year, so I can’t wait to see what can happen over the next years.

“I honestly didn’t want to look anywhere else because I love it here.”

Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman was excited to retain the services of his one of his most consistent performers from 2022.

“We’re excited that Dylan has re-committed to the team, he had a breakout back end of the season last year culminating in his selection in the Australia A program,” Coleman said.

“He’s working hard to become more well-rounded in his game, and when he matches that up with his speed, power, and evasion, he has all the tools to become a long-time Waratah.

“The Australia A program was great for him and even watching him now in our pre-season he’s becoming more complete as a back three player - he’s more comfortable and confident, and when he’s confident, his athletic ability takes over and he can be a real handful.”

The NSW Waratahs’ road home to Allianz Stadium kicks off this week with a pre-season clash against the Brumbies this Saturday 4 February in Griffith.