Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has resigned from his position to join Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lupus, the Mpumalanga Rugby Union confirmed.
Stonehouse, who enjoyed a good Currie Cup season with the side in 2014 as they finished sixth, believes he leaves them in a good place.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this year will be a great year for the Steval Pumas,” Stonehouse revealed in a statement on Wednesday.
“Most of the hard work has been done, and the coaching staff and players know what’s expected of them.
“This opportunity has taken my professional career to the next level and I look forward to it.”
Mpumalanga Rugby’s managing director Pieter Burger said the union hoped to build on the legacy Stonehouse would be leaving behind.
“There will be an appointment made, but like with all corporate companies this decision will only be made through the right processes,” Burger said.
“We will definitely not make any rush decisions, and should one be made, it will benefit all parties.”