Jamie Nutbrown joins Glen Jackson as one of two New Zealand referees who have enjoyed stellar playing careers before becoming a professional referee.
The former New Zealand Colts and Junior All Blacks halfback finished a 10-year playing career in 2013, which included spells at the Crusaders and Chiefs in the Investec Super Rugby, as well as a sting with Welsh club Ospreys.
Two years after retiring the Cantabrian was selected to the New Zealand Rugby High Performance Referee squad and made his Investec Super Rugby debut a year later when he refereed the Chiefs versus Blues derby match at Waikato Stadium.
An electrician by trade, Nutbrown began his international refereeing career in 2017 when he officiated at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Georgia and was rewarded with assistant referee duties in the 2017 November Test window.
In 2018 Nutbrown has set his sights on refereeing his first full international and establishing himself, along with his six New Zealand teammates, as an integral part of the Investec Super Rugby referee’s team.