Proud day . . . Valley rugby players Glen (left) and Sam Sturgess are joined by mother Blanche after the Citizens Shield final. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Sam Sturgess has just become the first man in history to win this particular treble.

Well, do you know anyone else who has won club rugby titles in Oamaru, Dunedin and Spain?

North Otago’s star hooker – who plays flanker in club rugby – was at the forefront of Valley’s charge to victory in the Citizens Shield final.

Success has been a familiar story for Sturgess, who was a long-serving member of the University A club, and helped the students win the Dunedin banner in 2015.

He also helped Spanish club UE Santboiana win the King’s Cup in that country last year.

Sturgess (27) said winning a title with Valley was the icing on the cake.

“We knew we had the team to do it,” he told the Oamaru Mailafter the final.

An added bonus was holding the Citizens Shield aloft alongside brother Glen (29).

“It’s a massive thrill for our family. This season is the first chance we’ve had to play rugby together since we were in under-7s or something.”

Another Valley player with a beaming face on Saturday afternoon was Mark Roney.

The veteran winger also won the Citizens Shield with Valley in 2005 and 2009.

“It’s pretty special to win it again,” Roney said.

“We missed out in the final last year but we always had the belief we were good enough this season.

“We’re a tight-knit group and we work together. It’s an amazing feeling to win it.”

Roney (31) spared a thought for losing finalists and fellow country club Kurow, which had been chasing its first Citizens Shield victory since 1982.

“We’ve got a lot of mates in that Kurow team, and they’re a bloody good bunch.

“They gave it their all and they should be proud.”Sports NewsNike for Men