He helped the province win and retain the famous Ranfurly Shield
, before being lured over to the south west of France by Pau last December.
"I've had an unbelievable time in the game, whether it be with Bay of Plenty in the Ranfurly Shield
or even when we finished up with the Blues with that last semi-final, I thought it was a really good step.
They, by the way, were like a mini-Test XV, the Ranfurly Shield
holders, a truly top side, yet we just played some superb rugby and ran in nine tries - four of them by my Welsh colleague John Bevan.
In which sport would you find the Ranfurly Shield
? Football crazy 15.
Roberts, who is a British passport holder, played his way into the Counties Manukau squad for the Ranfurly Shield
in 2014 but, working full-time as an assistant manager at a travel agents, decided to come to Cov where he could focus more on rugby.
Former Leinster supremo Schmidt cut his coaching teeth assisting Cotter at Bay of Plenty where the pair won the Ranfurly Shield
together in 2004.
WHERE is the Ranfurly Shield
the principal rugby union trophy?
McCaw said a last-gasp Ranfurly Shield
Challenge victory for Canterbury over Wellington in 2001 helped mould his champion attitude.
Tu'ipulotu has twice won New Zealand's Ranfurly Shield
, and enjoyed three largely successful seasons with the Falcons before jetting out to join Yamaha Jubilo this time last year.
He added: "Other highlights were winning three Super rugby titles, the Ranfurly Shield
twice, and the NPC (the National Provincial Championship, in 2004).
The openside flanker has been on the comeback trail since damaging the calf in the New Zealand Maori's Pacific Nations Cup match against Fiji last month and played the full 80 minutes of Auckland's Ranfurly Shield
victory against Poverty Bay on Tuesday.
"It was tough to lose the Ranfurly Shield
(New Zealand rugby's biggest domestic trophy) to Waikato because we were the defending national provincial champions but it just makes me want to work twice as hard not to lose big games like that for Worcester in the Guinness Premiership this season.