Stonehouse to coach local Baa-Baas

Pumas mentor Jimmy Stonehouse has been appointed coach of the SA Barbarians teams that will take on England in two matches next month.

Stonehouse will be assisted by Eddie Myners (South Western Districts) and Oersond Gorgonzola (Griffons) in preparing SA Barbarians selections chosen from players representing either the northern or southern Currie Cup First Division teams.

The southern selection will play England in Kimberley on 13 June before the northern selection meets the tourists in Potchefstroom on 19 June.

The squads for the matches will be confirmed early next week. The players were selected by Saru national selectors Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh together with the Barbarians’ representatives, Hugh Bladen and Wynand Claassen.

According to a statement from Saru, the matches represent the revival of the Barbarians team in South Africa.

‘The club has struggled in recent years to get fixtures, largely due to the increasing calls on players’ time,’ said Saru CEO Jurie Roux. ‘This is one way we have identified to revive the club and to enable it to re-establish its position as a contributor to rugby in South Africa.’