• RWC 2015 Referee - Glen Jackson


    Image ŠThe Telegraph*


    As part of the lead up to the most important event on the Rugby Union calendar, RugbyRefs.com will introduce you to the referees that World Rugby believe are the 12 best in the world.

    These top 12 have been chosen to officiate on Rugby's largest stage, the Rugby World Cup.

    In this the first of 12 articles we will introduce you to 39 year old New Zealander Glen Jackson.

    Glen recently received accolade across the rugby world by becoming the first person to play and referee 100 first class games.
    Glen started his rugby career in 2004 playing fly half for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in a team that won the Ranfurly Shield (or as it's more warmly known, the Log o' Wood), he went on to play 60 times for the Waikato Chiefs, and then 130 times for Saracens in England. In 2004 Glen was picked to play for the New Zealand Māori at the Churchill Cup, which they won, and also played twice for the Barbarians.

    Glen scored 1979 points in his playing career before retiring in 2010. He had already started refereeing age grade rugby as a Chiefs player, and further developed his refereeing in England with the support of then full time referee David Rose. An opportunity for Glen to referee full time back in New Zealand came up and he and his family returned home.

    With Glen's playing background, he was fast tracked through the referee ranks into the professional squad by then head of New Zealand referees, Lyndon Bray. Within one year Glen progressed from refereeing provincial rugby to refereeing in the ITM cup and being an Assistant Referee for Super Rugby. In 2011 Glen achieved his first appointment to referee a Super Rugby game, the game was between the Hurricanes & the Western Force.

    The season continued to bloom for Glen as he was then selected as a Television Match Official (TMO) for the Blediloe Cup.

    Glen refereed his first Tier 1 international on the 10th November 2012 between England & Fiji. since then he has been a regular on the international circuit. Glen also refereed a number of games between Australian club side and the British & Irish Lions on their 2013 tour of Australia.

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England will be Glen's first as an appointed official, though he was involved in No. 4 roles as part of the New Zealand Rugby Union in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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