Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Man in the middle

Good luck to Glen Jackson who takes charge of his first Test match on Saturday when England take on Fiji at HQ.

Jackson, former Waikato, New Zealand Maori and Saracens fly half, was being touted as a possible England number 10 as recently as 2007 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the refereeing ranks since hanging up his playing boots a little over 2 years ago.

It’s great to see a former professional rugby player putting something back into the game in this way – and I’m sure he has certain insights into the game that other refs cannot possibly have.

All we need now is for a few former prop forwards to take up the whistle. They may not be able to keep up with play but at least we’d start to see scrummages refereed properly :)

2 comments:

Von said...

First I heard about him reffing was just a couple of weeks ago, where he was commenting post-match on his decisions, a couple of which it seemed were a bit contentious. Although I generally dislike the idea of refs being put on the stand and interrogated, (ref's decision is final, move on etc), I found his comments and attitude very refreshing.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10843680

Gareth said...

Agree with Von. I do remember an article about him going into reffing but promptly forgot. A couple of years later and there he is whistling the ITM final. Fair play to him.

Couple of contentious decisions but as Von said he addressed them with the confidence of an ex-international who knows what its like the other side of the whistle.

Need more like him. Hope it goes well tomorrow for him