Glen Jackson is a former rugby player, turned full-time professional referee and is widely regarded as one of the world’s top officials.
Jackson joins Jamie Nutbrown as one of two former professional players in the current New Zealand Rugby High Performance Referee squad.
A classy first-five, Jackson played rugby professionally for Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand Barbarians and, after moving to the UK in 2004, for the London-based Saracens in the UK’s Guinness Premiership.
Jackson was Saracens leading points scorer of all time in the Premiership and during the 2006/07 season he was named the Professional Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year for his 428 points across all competitions.
In that same season, Glen won the Saracens Player of the Year Award and was the Gilbert Golden Boot winner as the Premiership's top points scorer and goal kicker.
Jackson began refereeing in 2010 following retirement from professional rugby and experienced a rapid rise to the top, making his Invested Super Rugby debut in 2011.
The Bay of Plenty local’s international debut came a year later when he oversaw England vs. Fiji at Twickenham.
Career highlights involve the appointment to referee the 2016 Investec Super Rugby Final between the Hurricanes and Lions and refereeing at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Now in his 8th season as a first-class referee, Jackson is one of the more experienced members of New Zealand Rugby’s seven-strong High Performance Referee squad.