Mike Petri

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Mike Petri
Mike Petri Churchill Cup 2010 vs Russia.jpg
Petri diving through a tackle to score a try for the USA Eagles against Russia during the 2010 Churchill Cup.
Date of birth (1984-08-16) August 16, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
2007–2010, 2012-
Xavier High School
Penn State Nittany Lions
New York Athletic Club RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Sale Sharks
Newport Gwent Dragons
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
United States U-20s
United States


Correct as of 11 October 2015

Michael Zachary "Mike" Petri (born August 16, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rugby union scrum-half who has played for Newport Gwent Dragons, Sale Sharks, and Barbarians FC (2009).

Early life and education[edit]

Petri began playing rugby as a freshman at Xavier High School in New York City.[1] Petri's father, also Mike, played rugby as a youth at St. Francis Prep and encouraged his participation in the sport.[1]

He then attended Penn State University where he was a four-time College All American. He graduated with a degree in Life Sciences and a minor in Business. He was on the Deans List, the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Pre-Health Honors Society, and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society.[citation needed]

Rugby career[edit]

Petri captained the USA U19 and College All-American Squad as well as won the 2006 Doug Edwards Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding collegiate rugby player.[citation needed]

Petri has over 50 test caps for the United States national rugby union team and has represented the USA at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.[2] He is currently[when?] captain of NYAC in New York City and has led them to National Championship titles in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2015. He also won a National Championship title with Belmont Shore RFC in 2007 while living in Long Beach, CA.[citation needed]

Petri during the 2011 World Cup

Personal life[edit]

Outside of rugby, Petri worked at his family’s plumbing business and in construction. He also worked with a UBS wealth management team.[1] He became more involved in portfolio analysis and trading[3] but quit the job to pursue rugby full-time in England.[citation needed] Currently[when?] he is a Physics, Biology, and Algebra teacher at Xavier High School.[citation needed]

Petri married Lauren Birckhead on June 25, 2011. Mike also published a children's book, R is for Rugby: An Alphabet Book, in June 2015.[citation needed]

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