Jimmy Stonehouse Maybe “Hardegat” But It Is Coaches Like Him That Keeps The Game Alive On The “Platteland”


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RuggasTV visited Jimmy Stonehouse head coach of the Pumas at his restaurant "Die Vlakvark". One always hears of the hardships of the smaller rugby unions but seldom listen. One always hears the stories of brilliant coaches ignored by the system because he does not fit in, but do not care.

Jimmy Stonehouse can rightly feel as the outcast of South African Rugby where brutal honesty is simply not welcome. We live in a world where fake smiles and promises that last a week or two is worth a lot more than honesty and integrity.

After the interview with Jimmy, feeling his absolute desperation to make the Pumas work I will look more carefully at the beggars next to the road in the future, as I am sure that Jimmy will be there if that is what it will take to keep his Pumas alive for one more season.

Oh, yes please visit "Die Vlakvark" as this is the "hotel" for the Pumas when they play a Currie Cup game in Pretoria, in tents. The profit on the cold beer and great Pie and Gravy will help to pay for their next visit at Loftus.

Our second guest was Ben Eybers, Chairman of the Quins-Bobbies Rugby Club in Pretoria. After the closure of the Tukkies Rugby Academy, he gave us an insight on how they run their Academy, and admittingly I was suprised, but unfortunately, too many bad apples in the box to change my feeling towards of the "worth" of an Academy in developing tomorrow's Springboks.