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Glen Jackson (rugby union)

Glen Warwick Jackson (born 23 October 1975 in Feilding, New Zealand) is a professional full-time referee for New Zealand Rugby. Jackson is also a former New Zealand rugby union player. During his playing career, he was a first five-eighth. Domestically, he represented Bay of Plenty and Waikato in the NPC and the Saracens in the UK's Guinness Premiership. His strong performances saw him named in the Chiefs squad for the 1999 Super Rugby season and had international experience as well with New Zealand Māori (now known as the Māori All Blacks) and the Barbarians.

Glen Jackson
Glen Jackson 2015 RWC cropped.jpg
Birth nameGlen Warwick Jackson
Date of birth (1975-10-23) 23 October 1975 (age 44)
Place of birthFeilding, New Zealand
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
SchoolOtumoetai College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2010 Saracens F.C. 130 (1505)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bay of Plenty ()
Correct as of 29 May 2007
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2004 Chiefs 60 (474)
Correct as of 29 May 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Māori All Blacks


Correct as of 6 June 2009

Playing careerEdit

Jackson was part of the 2004 Bay of Plenty Steamers team when they won the Ranfurly Shield.[1]

He made his debut for the Chiefs in the opening round of the 1999 Super 12 season. Jackson made his final appearance for the Chiefs in a 2004 Super 12 semi-final defeat to the Brumbies.[2] Jackson was a member of the New Zealand Māori side that won the 2004 Churchill Cup.[3] He signed for Saracens in 2004.[4]

In 2007 he was voted The Professional Rugby Players' Association player of the year after being leading points scorer in the 2006–07 Guinness Premiership.[5]

In 2009 he played for the Barbarians.[6] Jackson played his final game for Saracens against Leicester Tigers in the final of the 2009–10 Guinness Premiership.[7]


In 2010 Jackson retired to become a professional referee in his native New Zealand.[8] He was fast-tracked into the professional rugby ranks by Lyndon Bray, then the head of referees for the New Zealand Rugby Union (now known as New Zealand Rugby) and later in the same role with SANZAAR, organiser of Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri Nations).[9] Within a year of Jackson's return to New Zealand, he went from refereeing provincial rugby games in the Heartland Championship to officiating in the ITM Cup at the top provincial level to being an assistant referee in Super Rugby competition.[9] By the end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, he had worked his first match as referee in that competition, having presided over the HurricanesWestern Force match on 27 May.[10] Shortly after the end of that season, he made his international officiating debut as television match official for the Bledisloe Cup Test between New Zealand and Australia on 6 August.[10] On 15 February 2015 he made his Six Nations refereeing debut when he took charge of the Scotland-Wales match at Murrayfield.[11][12] Jackson was the first New Zealander to play and referee 100 first class fixtures when he took charge of the Argentina v South Africa match on 15 August 2015.


  1. ^ "BoP lead Auckland a merry dance". TVNZ. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Brumbies Too Good". All Blacks official site. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  3. ^ "England XV 19–26 New Zealand Maori". BBC. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Jackson to join Saracens". BBC. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Jackson named player of the year". BBC. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  6. ^ "England 26–33 Barbarians". BBC. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Leicester 33–27 Saracens". BBC. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Saracens fly-half Glen Jackson has three years to make it as 2015 World Cup referee". Daily Mail. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  9. ^ a b Stoney, Emma (18 April 2011). "From Rugby Player to Referee". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Jackson continues rise up officiating ranks". ESPN Scrum. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Wales owe debt of gratitude to referee Glen Jackson after Scotland win". The Telegraph. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Six Nations 2015: Scotland must take hope from Wales defeat". The BBC. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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