Pumas (rugby team)
|Union||Mpumalanga Rugby Union|
|Ground(s)||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (Capacity: 40,929)|
|Coach(es)||Brent Janse van Rensburg|
|2016 Currie Cup Premier Division||8th|
The Pumas (currently known as the Steval Pumas for sponsorship reasons) are a South African rugby union team that competes in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup and the Northern Section of the Vodacom Cup. The team draws their players from Mpumalanga Province (formerly known as the South Eastern Transvaal) and plays at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, having previously also played at the Puma Stadium in Witbank.
The Pumas are a well supported team throughout Mpumalanga Province, with large fan bases located in Witbank, Middelburg, Ermelo and Nelspruit. The Pumas average crowds of 13,000 at home Currie Cup matches.
Formed in 1969 as South Eastern Transvaal, the Pumas are one of the younger unions in the country. The team has never won the Currie Cup.
For their 2010 Currie Cup campaign, the Pumas appointed the seasoned Jimmy Stonehouse as coach. Though considered the underdogs of the Currie Cup competition, on 27 August 2010 the Pumas beat current champions the Blue Bulls 22–21 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. They eventually finished 7th.
The following players are contracted to the Pumas for 2017:
|2017 Pumas squad|
|(c) denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped.|
- Chris Cloete and Ruaan Lerm are on loan to the Kings Super Rugby team.
- "Pumas shock Blue Bulls in Nelspruit". Planet Rugby. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2013.