Scully To Become 10th Eagle To Get 50th Cap Saturday

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USA captain Blaine Scully will earn a rare honor when he runs onto the field at BC Place in Vancouver Saturday night, as he'll log his 50th cap for the USA.

The former Cal All-American will bypass another former Cal All-American in Kort Schubert with his 50th cap, and he'll only the 10th Eagle to achieve the milestone.

Of those nine with 50 caps at present, only three are backs, led by scrumhalf Mike Petri with 57. Todd Clever is the all-time most-capped Eagle at 76.

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A hugely respected player all over the world, Scully is known as a student of the game and as a cerebral leader. This will be his 19th test match as USA captain, and if the Eagles win he will tie lock Alec Parker as having been on a winning USA team 23 times, third all-time behind Clever and Cam Dolan.

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USA lineup vs Canada

1. Eric Fry; 2. Joe Taufete'e; 3. Titi Lamositele; 4. Ben Landry; 5. Greg Peterson; 6. HancoGermishuys; 7. John Quill; 8. Cam Dolan; 9. Nate Augspurger; 10. Will Magie; 11. Martin Iosefo; 12. Paul Lasike; 13. Marcel Brache; 14. Blaine Scully (C); 15. Will Hooley

16. Dylan Fawsitt; 17. Olive Kilifi; 18. Paul Mullen; 19. Nate Brakeley; 20. MalonAl-Jiboori; 21. Shaun Davies; 22. Bryce Campbell; 23. Mike Te'o

Canada lineup vs USA

1. Hubert Buydens; 2. Eric Howard; 3. Matthew Tierney; 4. Evan Olmstead; 5. Kyle Baillie; 6. Justin Blanchet; 7. Lucas Rumball; 8. Tyler Ardron (C); 9. Gordon McRorie; 10. Peter Nelson- Dungannon; 11. DTH van der Merwe; 12. Ciaran Hearn; 13. Ben LeSage; 14. Jeff Hassler; 15. Patrick Parfrey

16. Andrew Quattrin; 17. Djustice Sears-Duru; 18. Jake Ilnicki; 19. Mike Sheppard; 20. Matt Heaton; 21. Jamie Mackenzie; 22. Shane O'Leary; 23. Nick Blevins

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