Glen Jackson (rugby union)

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Glen Jackson
Full name Glen Warwick Jackson
Date of birth (1975-10-23) 23 October 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Feilding, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
School Otumoetai College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–10 Saracens F.C. 130 (1505)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bay of Plenty
correct as of 29 May 2007.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–2004 Chiefs 60 (474)
correct as of 29 May 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Māori All Blacks



Glen Warwick Jackson (born 23 October 1975 in Feilding, New Zealand) is a professional full-time referee for New Zealand Rugby Union. 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 the Māori All Blacks and the Barbarians.

Playing career[edit]

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 and now in the same role with SANZAR, 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]


  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. 

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