Kiwi ref for Hurricanes-Lions final
Cape Town - Glen Jackson has been appointed to referee the 2016 Super Rugby final between the Hurricanes and Lions at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Saturday (09:35 SA time).
The 40-year-old New Zealander is a former flyhalf who played for Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, Saracens and New Zealand Maori. He helped Bay of Plenty win the Ranfurly Shield in 2004 and played for the Chiefs in their 2004 Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Brumbies.
In 2010, after a stint playing rugby in England with Saracens, he took up refereeing and in 2011 refereed his first Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Western Force. In 2015 he refereed his first international match when appointed to the Six Nations Test between Scotland and Wales, and became the first New Zealander to play and referee 100 first class matches when he refereed the Argentina versus South Africa match later that year.
He refereed at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and to date has refereed 52 Super Rugby matches.
Commenting on the appointment, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said: “Glen has consistently delivered through the season and this is a just reward for his efforts. This season has seen a number of new referees introduced into the competition under the guidance and support of our more experienced referee group in which Glen has played a big role. I am confident that he will manage the final with the composure and authority required as we look forward to these two great teams doing battle.”
The assistant referees will be Angus Gardner and Ben O'Keeffe. The television match official (TMO) is Ben Skeen.