Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackson Dreaming of Refereeing Sarries Stars at 2015 World Cup; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jackson Dreaming of Refereeing Sarries Stars at 2015 World Cup; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent

SARACENS fly-half Glen Jackson today revealed he wants to referee at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. The 34-year-old has helped Saracens march to the top of the Guinness Premiership this season and will be in the No10 shirt when they face Castres in the Amlin Challenge Cup in France tomorrow night.

But as this is the 34-year-old's final season as a player, he has already laid down plans for the future by accepting a three-year contract from the New Zealand RFU to be fast tracked as a potential international referee.

Jackson has already taken charge of university and schools matches in England and believes he can move up the refereeing ranks fast enough to officiate at the World Cup here, where he could be running the rule over former team-mates.

"Refereeing Test matches is definitely a target for me and the NZRFU have been fantastic in giving me a three-year contract with no boundaries on what is possible," said Jackson. "If I perform, then I hope to make Test rugby and then the 2015 World Cup.

"If I make that I could be refereeing some of the great young English talent at Sarries who should be in the national side by then and it would a dream for me.

"The club have been very good and understand guys are looking to careers after playing. However, I am still very keen to play and that's my focus. I am sure people will expect me to offer some advice to a referee during a game when I am at No10 but the opposite is probably true.

"I realise now that it's a very tough job, particularly with the tackle law that everyone is going on about at the moment. It could go either way at every single ruck and, hopefully, it will be changed because, at present, the referee is at the centre of every ruck having to make the 50-50 call."

Jackson, one of only 10 players to have scored 1000 points in the Premiership, has a key role in the match against the leaders of the French Top 14. …

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