Stonehouse leaving Pumas


Steval Pumas coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, has resigned from his position and has taken up the position of head coach in Japan.

Stonehouse received the position from Japanese side, Toshiba Brave Lupus, in November last year and has been pondering his decision since then.

He confirmed on Tuesday that he will be taking the job, which could see him being unavailable to South African rugby until 2017.

According to Netwerk24, the relationship between the Pumas and Stonehouse ended on bad terms after the 55 year-old coach kept the Union in the dark about his whereabouts when he visited Japan in November 2014.  At the time, Stonehouse was holding discussions with the Japanese side’s rugby bosses.

Assistant coach, MJ Mentz, will take over as interim head coach until a new candidate is appointed for the position.