Richard Ferguson

Pumas lose valuable coach

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 7 Jan 2015 at 08:26
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It seems the lure of the Yen is not limited to the players as Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse announced his resignation from the Union to take up a coaching role in Japan.

Stonehouse, who has been at the helm of the Pumas during some of their most successful seasons in recent times, allegedly confirmed mere days ago that he will be staying at the Union, only to change his mind and accept a role with the Toshiba Brave Lupus.

During his time with the Pumas, they won the Currie Cup First Division in 2013, gaining promotion to the main Currie Cup league in 2014, where they won four games and managed to finish sixth overall out of 8 teams.


  • Sucks for the Pumas, but it makes sense for Stonehouse to get experience outside of SA. If he does well there for two years, then move to a top tier european/Super Rugby club for two more and kills it there, he’d be well placed to take over the Bokke after the next world cup!

    Only problem is that we don’t really have a replacement for HM after this years WC. And another four years of Heineken and a greying Matfield will be the worst type of torture.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.01.15 08:37:07 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Good luck to you, Mr Stonehouse…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.01.15 09:09:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : I’d be very surprised if HM doesn’t continue after the World Cup…unless we get knocked out at the pool stages!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.01.15 09:11:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Whats up with regards to Giant Mtyanda

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.01.15 09:16:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Apparently he was not very popular and treated people like crap

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.01.15 09:23:29 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 6, posted at 07.01.15 10:10:47 by [email protected] Reply

  • Pity would have made sense if one of the Super rugby team contracted him, but nou ja good luck to him and I’m sure he will be big in Japan.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.01.15 10:57:54 by JD Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : From what I have heard HM has been guaranteed another 4 years regardless of World Cup results.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.01.15 11:06:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 8) : That’s what I thought…

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.01.15 11:35:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 7) : Have to agree. He should have been serving his dues with a Super rugby franchise for a while now already. Good luck Jimmy, glad that your undoubted talent is going to be well rewarded.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.01.15 11:42:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 8) : We should make the quarters without breaking a sweat, it should get more difficult from there. If he loses in the QF like Snor does it would be a crying shame if he kept his job. If we make the final that’s understandable. White won the thing and lost his job. I know the guy is a snake and a tool, but he did win the WC.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.01.15 11:52:37 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : ja it’s a real pity!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.01.15 13:20:08 by JD Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 11) : yes and now he is winning with bottom feeders in France,and as for Big Jim a man with that ability,it was bound to happen and just a matter of time

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.01.15 02:48:19 by benji Reply
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  • Jim is a quality man. Hope he isn’t lost to SA rugby for too long.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.01.15 11:44:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • Good to add to more experience to his skill-set. Although he has a stable track record, its a different league at the top, and he needs to climb the ranks and prove himself.

    He strikes me as a disciplinarian – and rugby players deserve to be treated as adults, players and assets. Talent management needs improvement in SA, and that is why I like the current coaching team at the Sharks, they are players players and people men. Can only do good.
    With such a long season, you want to enjoy what you do.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.01.15 15:13:43 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 15) : ja I must agree with you if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing you seldom succeed! !!! and yes players are assets but they must never be “bigger” than the game!!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.01.15 23:01:35 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : Yep. Harmonious team environment – can never be bigger than the team, the game, or the fans.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.01.15 11:49:37 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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