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.
|Full name||Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro|
|Ground(s)||Stade Jean Dauger (Capacity: 16,934)|
|2018–19||Rugby Pro D2, 3rd (promoted via playoff final)|
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.
|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
|1936||Aviron Bayonnais||9-3||USA Perpignan|
|1980||Aviron Bayonnais||16-10||AS Béziers|
Coupe de l'EspéranceEdit
|1919||Stadoceste Tarbais||4-3||Aviron Bayonnais|
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Diff.||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
|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: 
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
Notable former playersEdit
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- André Alvarez
- Robert Baulon
- André Béhotéguy
- Henri Béhotéguy
- Christian Belascain
- Eugène Billac
- Benjamin Boyet
- Renaud Boyoud
- Maurice Celhay
- Jean Dauger
- Phil Davies
- Pierre Dospital
- Richard Dourthe
- Bernard Duprat
- Fernand Forgues
- Jean-Michel Gonzalez
- Cédric Heymans
- Jean Iraçabal
- Louis Junquas
- Paul Labadie
- Patrice Lagisquet
- Daniel Larrechea
- Scott Spedding — Plays for the French national team.
- Christophe Lamaison
- James McLaren
- Christian Magnanou
- Rémy Martin
- Wataru Murata
- Laurent Pardo
- Patrick Perrier
- Roland Pétrissans
- Mike Phillips — Played for the Welsh national team.
- Jacques Rollet
- Jean-Marie Usandisaga
- Joe Rokocoko
- Janu.2010-2010 : Christian Gajan
- 2010-Dec.2011 : Christian Gajan, Thomas Lièvremont
- Dec.2011-Janu.2012 : Jean-Pierre Elissalde, Didier Faugeron, Pierre-Henry Broncan.
- Janu.2012-June 2012 : Didier Faugeron, Denis Avril.
- 2012-2013 : Christian Lanta, Christophe Deylaud, Denis Avril.
- 2013-2014 : Christian Lanta, Christophe Deylaud
- 2014-2015 : Patricio Noriega
- 2015–2017 : Vincent Etcheto
- 2017–present : Pierre Berbizier
- Castiella, Manuel (2001). Un siècle de rugby à Bayonne (in French). Atlantica.