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Aviron Bayonnais (Basque: Baionako Arrauna), commonly called Bayonne, is a French rugby union club from Bayonne (Baiona, in Basque) in Pyrénées-Atlantiques which, for the 2016-17 season, competed in the top tier of the French league system, in the Top 14 competition. In the 2015–16 Rugby Pro D2 Season they were promoted after finishing 2nd and winning the playoff final against Aurillac. In the 2016-2017 season, they finished in last place, and will be relegated back to Pro D2 for the 2017-18 season. Founded in 1904, they play at the Parc des Sports also known as Jean Dauger in Bayonne. Their mascot is a pottok pony called pottoka. They have ties to the French Basque community.

Bayonne
Aviron Bayonnais Logo.svg
Full nameAviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro
Founded1904; 115 years ago (1904)
LocationBayonne, France
Ground(s)Stade Jean Dauger (Capacity: 16,934)
PresidentPierre-Olivier Toumieux
Coach(es)Yannick Bru
Joël Rey
Rémy Ladauge
Captain(s)Antoine Battut
League(s)Top 14
2018–19Rugby Pro D2, 3rd (promoted via playoff final)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.abrugby.fr

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1904, making their first final appearance in the 1913 season, where they defeated S.C.U.F. 31-8 at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. The national domestic championship was replaced by the Coupe de l'Espérance during World War I. The competition was played for four seasons, with Aviron Bayonnais contesting the last final, which they lost to Stadoceste Tarbais 4 to 3.

With the French championship resumed, the club made their next championship game in the 1922 season where they met Toulouse. Aviron Bayonnais lost the final 6 to nil. The two clubs would meet again the next season to again contest the championship final, which Toulouse won again, 3 to nil.

Aviron Bayonnais enjoyed success during the mid-1930s, defeating Biarritz 13 to 8 in Toulouse to win their second championship, and first since 1913. They also won the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1936, defeating Perpignan in the final. The club saw similar results during the mid-1940s as well, with two championship final appearances; defeating SU Agen in the 1943 final at Parc des Princes in Paris and losing the 1944 season final to Perpignan.

Since the 1940s the club did not find a lot of success over the coming years, as they would have to wait until the 1980s until they would again reach any of the championship finals. In 1980 they contested the final of the Challenge Yves du Manoir, defeating AS Béziers 16 to 10 to gain their second title of that competition. They made it to the final of the 1982 season, although they were defeated by SU Agen, 18 to 9.

HonoursEdit

Finals resultsEdit

 
The Aviron Bayonnais squad in 1914.

French championshipEdit

Date Champions Runners-up Score Venue Spectators
20 April 1913 Aviron Bayonnais S.C.U.F. 31-8 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 20.000
23 April 1922 Stade Toulousain Aviron Bayonnais 6-0 Route du Médoc, Le Bouscat 20.000
13 May 1923 Stade Toulousain Aviron Bayonnais 3-0 Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes 15.000
13 May 1934 Aviron Bayonnais Biarritz Olympique 13-8 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 18.000
21 March 1943 Aviron Bayonnais SU Agen 3-0 Parc des Princes, Paris 28.000
26 March 1944 USA Perpignan Aviron Bayonnais 20-5 Parc des Princes, Paris 35.000
29 May 1982 SU Agen Aviron Bayonnais 18-9 Parc des Princes, Paris 41.165

Challenge Yves du ManoirEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1936 Aviron Bayonnais 9-3 USA Perpignan
1980 Aviron Bayonnais 16-10 AS Béziers

Coupe de l'EspéranceEdit

Date Winner Score Runner-up
1919 Stadoceste Tarbais 4-3 Aviron Bayonnais

Current standingsEdit

2019–20 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff. Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 9 8 0 1 287 122 165 33 7 3 0 35
2 Bordeaux Bègles 9 6 1 2 264 159 105 29 13 3 1 30
3 Bayonne 9 5 0 4 200 203 -3 19 21 0 1 21
4 Pau 9 5 0 4 190 206 -16 20 23 0 1 21
5 Toulon 9 4 1 4 203 211 -8 18 20 1 1 20
6 Clermont 9 5 0 4 210 227 -17 19 23 0 0 20
7 Montpellier 9 3 2 4 214 199 15 21 17 1 2 19
8 Toulouse 9 4 0 5 195 199 -4 16 17 2 1 19
9 Racing 9 3 1 5 195 172 23 20 15 2 2 18
10 Castres 9 4 0 5 232 251 -19 19 24 1 1 18
11 La Rochelle 9 4 0 5 177 211 -34 18 21 1 1 18
12 Brive 9 4 0 5 190 233 -43 17 27 1 1 18
13 Agen 9 3 1 5 190 205 -15 22 23 0 2 16
14 Stade Français 9 2 0 8 161 310 -149 15 35 0 1 9

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Competition points earned in head-to-head matches
  2. Points difference in head-to-head matches
  3. Try differential in head-to-head matches
  4. Points difference in all matches
  5. Try differential in all matches
  6. Points scored in all matches
  7. Tries scored in all matches
  8. Fewer matches forfeited
  9. Classification in the previous Top 14 season
Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the Relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to Rugby Pro D2.

Final table — source: [1]

Current squadEdit

The Bayonne squad for the 2019–20 season is:[1]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
José Ramon Ayarza Hooker   Chile
Maxime Delonca Hooker   France
Maxime Lamothe Hooker   France
Torsten van Jaarsveld Hooker   Namibia
Viliamu Afatia Prop   Samoa
Ugo Boniface Prop   France
Swan Cormenier Prop   France
Jean-Baptiste de Clercq Prop   Belgium
Aretz Iguiniz Prop   France
Census Johnston Prop   Samoa
Luc Mousset Prop   France
Tomaʻakino Taufa Prop   Tonga
Jon Zabala Prop   Spain
Guillaume Ducat Lock   France
Mariano Galarza Lock   Argentina
Adam Jaulhac Lock   France
Mat Luamanu Lock   Samoa
Edwin Maka Lock   Tonga
Dion Evrard Oulai Lock   Ivory Coast
Antoine Battut Back row   France
Bastien Bergounioux Back row   France
Benjamin Collet Back row   France
Tom Darlet Back row   France
Arnaud Duputs Back row   France
Andre Gorin Back row   Romania
Baptiste Héguy Back row   France
Armandt Koster Back row   South Africa
Bidegain Mattin Back row   France
Jean Monribot Back row   France
Filimo Taofifenua Back row   France
PJ van Lill Back row   Namibia
Player Position Union
Guillaume Rouet Scrum-half   Spain
Michael Ruru Scrum-half   New Zealand
Emmanuel Saubusse Scrum-half   France
Hugo Zabalaza Scrum-half   France
Thomas Dolhagaray Fly-half   France
Brandon Fajardo Fly-half   France
Manuel Ordas Fly-half   France
Alofa Alofa Centre   Samoa
Romain Barthelemy Centre   France
Malietoa Hingano Centre   New Zealand
Yan Lestrade Centre   France
Maile Mamao Centre   Tonga
Guillaume Martocq Centre   France
Peyo Muscarditz Centre   France
Sean Robinson Centre   South Africa
Callum Wilson Centre   England
Rémy Baget Wing   France
Djibril Camara Wing   France
Arthur Duhau Wing   France
Latu Latunipulu Wing   Australia
Hansie Graaff Fullback   South Africa
Aymeric Luc Fullback   France
Julien Tisseron Fullback   France

Notable former playersEdit

CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Castiella, Manuel (2001). Un siècle de rugby à Bayonne (in French). Atlantica.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Effectif saison 2019-2020" (in French). Aviron Bayonnais. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

External linksEdit