Jackson's rise continues apace

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The former Bay of Plenty, Chiefs and Saracens first five-eighths is the only New Zealander to receive an international appointment in the northern hemisphere autumn Test programme.

He will control England's Test against Fiji at Twickenham on November 10 and a week later will have charge of Georgia's Test with Japan.

Jackson, 36, took up refereeing after retiring from playing in 2010.

New Zealand's Tests on their tour will be controlled by: Scotland (November 11) Jerome Garces; Italy (Nov 17) Alain Rolland; Wales (Nov 24) Craig Joubert; England (December 1) George Clancy.

The chairman of the referee selection committee and International Rugby Board council member for Scotland, John Jeffrey said, greater opportunities were now available with the extended international programme involving second tier nations.

"While the expanded international match programme places additional pressures on the match official appointments process, it also offer the selectors the opportunity to widen the opportunities for the high performance match official group," he said.

The selection panel also reconfirmed the 'big five' key priorities for refereeing in games: all aspects of the tackle with particular emphasis on the tackler releasing the tackled player and rolling away and arriving players staying on their feet; offside at the breakdown; offside from kicks; all aspects of the scrum and all aspects of the maul, especially what constituted legal maul defences.