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SANZAAR have released the officials for the Super Rugby Final and New Zealand Referee Glen Jackson has been appointed as the referee.

Ironically Jackson blew the whistle to start the Super Rugby season as he was in charge of the season opening match between the Blues and the Highlanders.

The 40-year-old New Zealander is a former fly-half who played for Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, Saracens (England) and New Zealand Maori. He helped Bay of Plenty win the Ranfurly Shield in 2004 and played for the Chiefs in the 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 6 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.

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 exeprienced 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.”

He refereed at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and to date has refereed 52 Super Rugby matches.

The assistant referees will be Angus Gardner and Ben O’Keeffe.

Match No.142 :Hurricanes v Lions
Date : Saturday 6 August 2016
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe
TMO : Ben Skeen

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8 Comments

  1. Johann Fenske

    2nd August 2016 at 9:49 am

    So again no neutral referees? Mostly kiwis. Not very fair is now. If it was a final in SA and it was an SA referee team there would be outrage by New Zealanders….

    • Super Rugby

      2nd August 2016 at 9:54 am

      Johann, the Lions and Stormers both had full panels of SA referees in the quarters and the Lions had it again in the semis. I note that you didn’t comment then.

      • Markus

        2nd August 2016 at 10:50 am

        Because they had home-advantage, like the Hurricanes. But the final should be with neutral referees. Just my opinion.

      • Johann Fenske

        2nd August 2016 at 1:47 pm

        Super Rugby, Marcus took the words out of my mouth there. This is the finals so it should have been neutral.

  2. Super Rugby

    2nd August 2016 at 3:45 pm

    There is no difference really. All matches should be neutral.

    • Johann Fenske

      2nd August 2016 at 4:59 pm

      With that I agree 100%, but it wont happen.

      • Joe Elliott

        3rd August 2016 at 9:19 am

        Johan, I fully agree with you. The basic problem is that the New Zealand referees either don’t know the rules or just simply ignore them. It always boils down to the visiting team being forced to play by the rules while the home side is allowed to do as they please and get away with it. I’m glad to see that others also notice the New Zealand bias.

  3. Harry Collins

    2nd August 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Sanzar asked for help from the public a while back about the super 18 format. The playoffs have come and gone and the final is at hand. I suppose the selection of a New Zeeland Ref was to be expected after the quarters and semi finals. So the final is no different Mr. Directors. Glen Jackson is as good as they come but the smell of corruption will hang heavily over the result regardless who wins. I say this because rugby is a betting game and the big money easily influences match officials is a charge not easily shaken regardless of how good or impartial the ref is in the final. this suspicion i’ll wager is what is creating the disappearance of the spectators even at top of the log games. So why did you call for spectator or viewers help Sanzar and then just go the same old merry way?

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