Glen Jackson named 2015 Referee of the Year

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Jackson successfully transitioned from a first class playing career to become a first class referee and in 2015 was the first person to bring up centuries as both.

Jackson played 60 Super Rugby games for the Chiefs, 51 games for Bay of Plenty, 49 games for Waikato and 130 times for Saracens and scored 2913 points, before making the switch to officiating in 2010. Jackson also has appearances for the Maori All Blacks and for the New Zealand Barbarians to his credit.

He began refereeing age grade rugby in Tauranga while playing for the Chiefs and continued to study while in England, eventually completing his RFU refereeing exams. He returned to New Zealand in 2010, quickly earning a place in the High Performance Referees Squad. He made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2011 and his Test debut in 2012.

In 2015 he was active throughout the Investec Super Rugby season but his appearances during the ITM Cup were limited as he was required for Rugby World Cup duties, where he added to his 10 Tests with responsibility for Ireland v Canada in Cardiff, Tonga v Namibia in Exeter and USA v Japan in Gloucester. He was an assistant referee on five occasions throughout the Tournament as well, including the Australia v Scotland quarterfinal and the Argentina v South Africa Bronze Final. 


Born: 23.10.75 (40)
Provincial Union: Bay of Plenty
High Performance Referees Squad debut: 2010
ITM Cup debut: 2010
Test debut: 2012