Steve Berryman

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Steve Berryman
Playing information
Position Centre, Five-eighth, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–00 New Zealand Māori
2000 Cook Islands 2 2 2 0 12

Steve Berryman is a Cook Islander professional rugby footballer of the 1990s and 2000s, playing at representative level rugby league for the New Zealand Māori team and the Cook Islands, as a Centre, Five-eighth/Stand-off, or Lock/Loose forward.

Playing career[edit]

Berryman attended Huntly College and started his career playing for the Taniwharau Rugby League Club in the Waikato Rugby League competition in 1993.[1]

Berryman quickly became a Waikato Cougars representative.[2] Berryman moved to the Wainuiomata Lions in 2000 so he could play in the inaugural season of the Bartercard Cup.[3][4] He captained the Lions, pairing David Faiumu in the halves.[5]

Berryman signed with the Manly Sea Eagles in 2001, playing in the NSWRL First Division.[6] He remained with the Northern Eagles in 2002.[7]

Representative career[edit]

Berryman played for the New Zealand Māori rugby league team in 1999 and 2000 before switching allegiance to the Cook Islands.[2][8][9]

Berryman subsequently won caps for the Cook Islands in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.[10][11][12]

Later years[edit]

Berryman later switched to rugby union, playing for the Te Whanau side in the Central Coast Sevens Rugby Festival.[13]

Berryman is currently the captain-coach of the Toukley Hawks in the Central Coast Division of Country Rugby League and has convinced former teammate John Hopoate to join the club.[14]


  1. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.p.160-163
  2. ^ a b Jessup, Peter (3 November 1999). "It's a different world for Maori". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Jessup, Peter (26 August 2000). "Bears, Tornadoes may hold edge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Bulls trample Wainui Lions The Press, 11 September 2000
  5. ^ Jessup, Peter (1 September 2000). "Finale has extra incentive". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Northern Eagles v Parramatta Eels, 10 May 2001
  7. ^ Pickers ready to hit a few more Eagles The Maitland Mercury, 20 February 2002
  8. ^ Jessup, Peter (19 January 2000). "Warriors go with experience for warm-up match". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  9. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908–2008. Huia Publishers. p. 309. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  10. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wales v Cook Islands preview". BBC Sport. 27 October 2000. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Wales overcome Pacific islanders". BBC Sport. 29 October 2000. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Lowe's future query The Manly Daily, 8 October 2010
  14. ^ Happy Hawks welcome Hopoate into the fold Express Advocate, 13 January 2011