Nic Berry (Class of 2001) is currently in Japan as one of the many international referees at this year’s Rugby World Cup. The former Queensland Reds scrumhalf began his refereeing career in 2015 and has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of Australia’s premier referees.
After school Nic represented Australia in the Under-21 national team against Argentina. A member of the 2005 Sunnybank Premiership team, Nic was soon signed by the Reds and made his Super 12 debut against the Hurricanes in the same year. In 2007 Berry was released from his Super 14 contract and sought opportunities overseas and signed onto play for Racing Metro 92 Paris for three seasons. In 2010 Nic then joined the London Wasps on a two year deal and signed on for another two seasons after many strong performances. A series of concussions saw him choose to take early retirement on medical advice ending his playing career in the 2012/2013 season.
His love of the game saw his move to the refereeing ranks in 2015, and his aptitude for officiating saw him make his debut in the Queensland Premier Rugby series as well as Australia’s National Rugby Championship in the same year. In 2016 after only one year officiating Nic joined the Super Rugby refereeing panel in and refereed his first match in the competition.