Pumas confirmed that coach Jimmy Stonehouse has resigned from his position on Wednesday. The Mpumalanga Rugby Union coach is said to join Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus.
Jimmy Stonehouse said in a statement that he had no doubt in his mind that 2015 would be a great year for the Pumas, as most of the hard work was done already, and the coaching staff and players knew exactly what is expected of them. Stonehouse who was instrumental in the team’s promotion to the Currie Cup Premier Division in 2010 and 2014. The 2013 SA Rugby Union’s Coach-of-the-Year award winner was responsible for the Pumas’ unbeaten run towards the Currie Cup First Division promotion says that the opportunity to move to Japan had taken his professional career to the next level.
Mpumalanga Rugby’s managing director Pieter Burger held a brief meeting with the players earlier on Wednesday in which he assured everyone that no quick decision regarding the appointment of a new coach would be made but like with all corporate companies this decision will only be made through the right processes
With that said sources based in Japan confirm that Allister Coetzee is also linked with Japanese club Kobe Kobelco Steelers. Suporsport.com reports that the two time Currie Cup winning coach has made a firm commitment to replace Gary Gold as Kobe coach and will link up with his new club once the Super Rugby season is over in July.
Furthermore, it is understood though that Coetzee has got an undertaking from the South African rugby administration that his national team coaching ambitions won’t be affected by him coaching in Japan, and he will have an out clause in his contract there similar to the one that released Gold when he was offered the rugby directorship at the Sharks late last year.