Dylan Pietsch could very well be the 15th Indigenous Wallaby when he switches to the XV-person game next year.
But the 23-year-old Olympic-bound Australian sevens star was almost just another number.
Five years ago, Pietsch would walk from Eastlakes to Eastgardens in the black of the Sydney night alone with his own troubled thoughts for months.
A white Indigenous Australian, the powerful winger, who can run 10 metres per second, was on the brink of ending his life less than two years after joining the national squad.
“I had this routine,” Pietsch tells foxsports.com.au.
“I’d look in the mirror and cry.
“I’d go to bed, not sleep, I’d get up at 1am and go walk from Eastlakes to Eastgardens – it’s like a 15-minute drive.
“There was a bridge and I always contemplated it. I’d get back at five, get up at six and go to training and it was my routine for months.
“I tried to…