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. He refereed at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and to date has refereed 52 Super Rugby matches. This will be his debut SuperRugby final appointment.
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 TMO is Ben Skeen.
The appointment again raises the issue of neutrality and once again, we point out the SAANZAR has been using what they describe as ‘the best referee for each game’ since 2009 and it’s “a merit-based system that was approved by the National Unions and Head Coaches.”