Mike Petri

Michael Zachary "Mike" Petri (born August 16, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rugby union scrum-half who plays for Rugby United New York (RUNY). He is known as "Peaches" by his teammates.

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 35)
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–10, 2012–present
Xavier High School
Penn State Lions
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
United States U-20s
United States
Bermuda Select XV


Correct as of 11 October 2015

Petri has previously played for the Newport Gwent Dragons, Sale Sharks, and Barbarians FC (2009).

Early life and educationEdit

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 careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-26/ubs-from-plumber-career-lands-brooklynite-slot-on-u-s-national-rugby-team?category=%2Fnews%2Fmostread%2F
  2. ^ "Mike Petri". Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "UBS-From-Plumber Career Helps Brooklynite Earn Rugby Slot". Bloomberg.