Mike Petri is set to become the 7th player in Eagles history to earn his 50th cap when the USA faces Japan in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup this weekend at Bonney Field in Sacramento.  The veteran scrum-half earned his first cap in 2007.  He represented the US at the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups and has played club rugby domestically and abroad.  The 30-year-old is closing in on Mike MacDonald’s record of 67 caps.

Petri is 1 of 5 changes made by head coach Mike Tolkin to the Eagles starting lineup for their 2nd match of the PNC campaign.  Andrew Durutalo, Zach Fenoglio, Scott LaValla, and Titi Lamositele also move from their previous reserve squad spots to the starting XV.

“We need to start the game with much more energy and intensity,” Tolkin said, reflecting on the first-half advantage given to the No. 9-ranked Samoans. “We were on our heels a lot and we were loose around the rucks on defense.  Secondly, we need much more focus on keeping the ball in the attacking 22 and coming out with points more often.”

The US match kicks off at 8 p.m. PT. Admission to the California State Fair on the Cal Expo Center grounds is free with a ticket to the rugby matches. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN 3 and the WATCH ESPN digital platform

Men’s Eagles Roster vs. Japan

1) Eric Fry
2) Zach Fenoglio
3) Titi Lamositele
4) Hayden Smith
5) Cameron Dolan
6) Scott LaValla
7) Andrew Durutalo
8) Danny Barrett
9) Mike Petri
10) AJ MacGinty
11) Takudzwa Ngwenya
12) Thretton Palamo
13) Seamus Kelly
14) Blaine Scully
15) Chris Wyles (C)

16) Phil Thiel
17) Nick Wallace
18) Chis Baumann
19) Louis Stanfill
20) Alastair McFarland
21) Shalom Suniula
22) Folau Niua
23) Zack Test