Tietjens played 40 games for the Manawatu Turbos between 2008 and 2011. He also spent two years with Taranaki, played six games for the Highlanders and was part of the Chiefs squad in 2014. But injuries cut his career short and he joined the Manawatu Rugby Union as coaching development manager in 2015. He was promoted to academy manager in 2018 to replace Greg Fleming.
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