Jimmy Stonehouse

James Stonehouse (born in Krugersdorp, South Africa) is a South African rugby union coach and the head coach of Currie Cup side the Pumas.[1]

Jimmy Stonehouse
Full nameJames Stonehouse
Date of birth (1964-03-30) 30 March 1964 (age 56)
Place of birthKrugersdorp, South Africa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
Rugby union career
Teams coached
Years Team
1990–1992 Pumas Craven Week team
1990–1997 Hoërskool Ermelo
1994–1997 Pumas Craven Week team
1998–2008 Hoërskool Waterkloof
2000–2001 Russia U19
2000 Russia Sevens
2002–2003 Blue Bulls Craven Week team
2005–2007 Pretoria Harlequins
2007–2008 Blue Bulls Craven Week team
2008–2015 Pumas
2009 Royal XV
(assistant)
2012 South African Barbarians (North)
2013 South Africa President's XV
2015–2017 Toshiba Brave Lupus
2018–present Pumas

Rugby unionEdit

Early careerEdit

As a player, Stonehouse played hooker for South Eastern Transvaal. During his playing days, he was also a teacher at Hoërskool Ermelo between 1984 and 1997 and achieved success coaching their first team,[2] guiding them to the Quarter Finals of the Director's Trophy in 1992 and to the Semi-Finals of the same competition in 1993.[3] He was also the coach of the South Eastern Transvaal's Craven Week (Under-18) side from 1990 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1997.

He joined Pretoria-based secondary school Hoërskool Waterkloof as their Director of Rugby from the start of 1998,[4] guiding them to the Blue Bulls high school championship in 2003, the first time in 12 years. He also coached the Blue Bulls' Craven Week team in 2003 and 2004.

During this time, he also coached the Russia Under-19 team that participated at the FIRA European U19 Tournament in France, guiding them to victory in the Plate competition.[5] He also coached the Russia Sevens side as they qualified for the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in Argentina. He was appointed as head coach of the Russia national team, but returned to South Africa shortly afterwards for family reasons.[6]

In 2004, Stonehouse joined club side Pretoria Harlequins in the Blue Bulls' Carlton League competition,[7] guiding them to the Semi-Finals in 2006, the first time in 22 years they achieved that feat. He also appointed as Blue Bulls' Craven Week coach for 2007 and 2008.

In 2005 and 2006, he also coached the Blue Bulls' Women's Sevens side and the Women's national Sevens side that won the Africa tournament held in Uganda.[3]

PumasEdit

Stonehouse got his big breakthrough in 2008, when he was appointed as the head coach of the Pumas.[8]

Toshiba Brave LupusEdit

In January 2015, Stonehouse announced his decision to leave the Pumas after seven years with the side to join Japanese Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus in April of the same year.

Representative sidesEdit

He also had short spells coaching sides on a short-term basis; he was one of the coaches of the Royal XV that played against the British and Irish Lions during the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, the South African Barbarians (North) side that faced England during the 2012 England rugby union tour of South Africa and of the South Africa President's XV side that won the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup.

BodybuildingEdit

Stonehouse also took part in bodybuilding competitions. He won the Mr South Africa competition in 2005 and came sixth in the Mr Universe competition in 2006.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who's Who SA : Jimmy Stonehouse". Who's Who SA. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Middelburg klop aartsvyand HTS" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 27 May 1991. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Bobaas-breier" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 13 November 2006. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Klofies kraai koning in Beeld, Ford se skolereeks Ermelo neem tweede plek in" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 22 September 2007. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ "SA se Stonehouse brei Russe vir WB" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 6 July 2000. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Stonehouse los Rusland" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 11 October 2000. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Lappiestruie kry twee nuwe afrigters volgende seisoen" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 1 December 2004. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Hy slyp al lank sy tande hiervoor" (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.