Valerie Griffeth

DOB: 02/24/1982
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Club Team: San Diego Surfers
College: Vassar College
Positions: Wing, Fullback
Years playing: Years playing 11
Caps:  0

How did you start playing rugby?
I realized rugby might be a great sport for me while playing in my high school homecoming powder puff football game. I scored two touchdowns on very rugby-like plays: laterals from the quarterback while I was running from the tight end position.

What do you like about playing your position?
I enjoy playing wing because I love working off the ball and showing up where people least expect me, whether it is inserting on offense to score in the opposite corner or making a cover tackle on the opposite wing.

What is best about being a USA Pool player?
The best thing about being a USA player is the opportunity to play rugby at the highest level in the world, with some of the best athletes in the world, and against the best teams in the world. It is an honor playing at such a high level of competition while representing my country and getting to push myself to my limit.

Rugby Honors
USA Collegiate All-American – 1st Team (2003), 2nd Team (2002)
Most Valuable Player – USA Division I Club Championship – San Diego Surfers (2010)