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USA head coach Mike Tolkin has made one change from the Australia game for Sunday's Rugby World Cup opener against Samoa. Hayden Smith, who has been nursing a minor injury, takes the place of Cam Dolan in the second row. Elsewhere, the lineup remains unchanged.

However, compared to the starting 15 that fell 21-16 to Samoa July 18 in San Jose, Calif., the second row is one of the few familiarities. Peterson and Smith started at lock in that match, and the midfield was the same as it will be Sunday. The deep three personnel was the same, but shuffled differently. Wyles was at fullback and Scully at wing in the loss, but Sunday they'll be flipped. 

The back row is entirely different, with Al McFarland, Samu Manoa and Andrew Durutalo starting this time in place of Cam Dolan, Danny Barrett and John Quill, respectively. The front row is different, too, as Fry is the only starter who opened the July contest. 

Samoa's lineup is also quite different from July. Props Sakaria Taulafo and Anthony Perenise, lock Teofilo Paulo, openside Jack Lam, captain Alesana Tuilagi and outside center Paul Perez are the only starters who carry over. 

Men's Eagles | v. Samoa 
1. Eric Fry 
2. Zach Fenoglio 
3. Titi Lamositele 
4. Hayden Smith 
5. Greg Peterson 
6. Al McFarland 
7. Andrew Durutalo 
8. Samu Manoa 
9. Mike Petri 
10. AJ MacGinty 
11. Chris Wyles (C) 
12. Thretton Palamo 
13. Seamus Kelly 
14. Takudzwa Ngwenya 
15. Blaine Scully

Men's Eagles | Reserves 
16. Phil Thiel 
17. Olive Kilifi 
18. Chris Baumann 
19. Cameron Dolan 
20. Danny Barrett 
21. Shalom Suniula 
22. Folau Niua 
23. Brett Thompson

Samoa | v. USA 
1. Sakaria Taulafo 
2. Ole Avei 
3. Anthony Perenise 
4. Teofilo Paulo 
5. Iosefa Tekori 
6. Maurie Fa'asavalu 
7. Jack Lam 
8. Ofisa Treviranus (C) 
9. Kahn Fotuali'i 
10. Tusi Pisi 
11. Alesana Tuilagi 
12. Rey Lee-Lo 
13. Paul Perez 
14. Ken Pisi 
15. Tim Nanai-Williams

Samoa | Reserves 
16. Viliamu Afatia 
17. Motu Matu'u 
18. Census Johnston 
19. Faifili Levave 
20. Alafoti Faosiliva 
21. Vavoa Afemai 
22. Mike Stanley 
23. Fa'atoina Autagavaia

Men's Eagles | Rugby World Cup 2015 
v. Samoa - Sunday, Sept. 20 - 7 a.m. ET 
v. Scotland - Sunday, Sept. 27 - 9:30 a.m. ET 
v. South Africa - Wednesday, Oct. 7 - noon ET 
v. Japan - Sunday, Oct. 11 - 3 p.m. ET