Brendon Pickerill began refereeing in North Harbour in 2008, where he officiated junior rugby games at North Shore RFC, before playing in the afternoons.
A civil engineer by trade focusing on the construction of wharves, motorways and bridges, the 28-year-old is currently completing an MBA at the University of Auckland.
Pickerill is among a number of young New Zealand referees who have progressed quickly through the New Zealand refereeing ranks.
Career highlights already include a Heartland Championship Meads Cup final, three Mitre10 Cup semi-finals and a World Rugby Under 20 Championship semi-final.
Proven success in New Zealand provincial rugby saw Pickerill rewarded with his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2016 when he officiated the Hurricanes versus Southern Kings match.
A year later and Pickerill made his international debut in November 2017 when he officiated the Germany and USA fixture in Germany, becoming New Zealand’s 70th international referee.
A keen sportsman, including passions for golf, cricket and basketball, Pickerill will be looking forward to an exciting 2018 as he looks to build on two successful seasons in Super Rugby and establish himself as a regular Test match referee.