James Pickering (born 11 December 1966) is an Australian rugby league player who represented Fiji. He made his name during three wonderfully successful years at the English club Workington Town, where his performances were so impressive he is now in the club's Hall of Fame.
He made his first grade debut for Workington Town in the 1992/93 English season in the old division 3 competition. He helped Town into second place (behind Keighley Cougars, and to the final of the Divisional Premiership competition, when they were narrowly beaten by Featherstone Rovers, from the division above.
In 1993-94, Pickering was the driving force behind Town doing the Division Two and Premiership double as they won the league in emphatic style, and beat London Crusaders at Old Trafford 30-22.
Back in the game's elite, Workington enjoyed an impressive 1994-95 campaign finishing ninth out of 16 and reaching the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. Once again, Pickering was the side's shining light with even the finest prop forwards in the game struggling to come to terms with the Fijian's swashbuckling style of play.
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- Pickering named chairman of Australian Fijian Rugby League rleague.com, 19 November 2006
- Team-by-team guide to the Super League The Independent, 5 March 1999
- Smith treble sinks Mates The Mirror, 20 May 1999
- AFRL Board members afrl.com.au
- Weather has final word after Pickering's Fijians impress getnoticedonline.co.uk, 1 December 2008
- Ex-Workington Ace James Pickering set to line up for Fijians against his old club News & Star, 29 November 2008