Aviron Bayonnais

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Full name Aviron Bayonnais
Founded 1904; 110 years ago (1904)
Location Bayonne, France
Ground(s) Stade Jean Dauger (Capacity: 16,934)
President France Manuel Merín
Coach(es) Argentina Australia Patricio Noriega, France Nicolas Morlaes
Captain(s) Australia Mark Chisholm
League(s) Top 14
2013–14 10th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.abrugby.fr

Aviron Bayonnais (In Basque: Baionako Arrauna) is a French rugby union club from Bayonne (Baiona, in Basque) in Pyrénées-Atlantiques that currently competes in the top level of the French league system, in the Top 14 competition. In the 2010–11 they finished 7th, whilst in the previous season they finished in a relegation spot, but they were spared the drop because of the bankruptcy filing of 12th-place finisher Montauban.[1]

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.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1904, making their first final appearance in the 1913 season, where they defated 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.

Honours[edit]

  • Coupe André Moga:
    • Champions: 1995

Finals results[edit]

The Aviron Bayonnais squad in 1914.

French championship[edit]

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 Manoir[edit]

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

Coupe de l'Espérance[edit]

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

Current standings[edit]

2013–14 Top 14 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Toulon (CH) 26 16 1 9 660 466 +194 54 27 5 6 77
2 Montpellier (SF) 26 15 1 10 670 525 +145 59 46 7 7 76
3 Clermont Auvergne (QF) 26 15 1 10 659 500 +159 59 37 6 5 73
4 Toulouse (QF) 26 13 2 11 548 442 +106 53 30 7 6 69[n 1]
5 Racing Métro (SF) 26 15 2 9 459 448 +11 32 34 1 4 69
6 Castres Olympique (RU) 26 13 2 11 567 488 +79 50 35 6 4 66
7 Stade Français 26 14 1 11 529 496 +33 46 46 3 4 65
8 Bordeaux Bègles 26 13 0 13 629 573 +56 58 44 5 7 64
9 Brive 26 11 2 13 473 476 -3 32 36 4 9 61
10 Bayonne 26 11 1 14 424 549 -125 29 48 1 7 54
11 Grenoble 26 11 2 13 465 625 -160 32 52 1 4 53
12 Oyonnax 26 11 1 14 456 562 -106 34 49 1 4 51[n 2]
13 Perpignan (R) 26 10 1 15 486 593 -107 35 48 2 7 51
14 Biarritz Olympique (R) 26 5 1 20 374 656 -282 27 68 0 8 30

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 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup. Yellow background (rows 3 and 4) receive home quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup. Blue background (rows 5 and 6) receive away quarter-final play-off places, and will also receive Champions Cup berths. Orange background (row 7) indicates team that advances to a play-off against the seventh-place team from the English Premiership for a place in the Champions Cup. Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 31 May 2014 Source: ESPN Scrum
  1. ^ Toulouse won the head-to-head matches with Racing Métro 5 – 4 on match points so rank higher.
  2. ^ Oyonnax and Perpignan each gained 4 match points from their head-to-head games; Oyonnax won 34 – 31 on agregate points so rank higher.

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2014–15 season, see List of 2014–15 Top 14 transfers#Bayonne.

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

Player Position Union
David Roumieu Hooker France France
Gregory Arganese Hooker Italy Italy
Aretz Iguiniz Prop France France
Pierre-Philippe Lafond Prop France France
Victor Manukula Prop France France
Gert Müller Prop South Africa South Africa
Neemia Tialata Prop New Zealand New Zealand
JC Janse van Rensburg Prop South Africa South Africa
Abdellatif Boutaty Lock Morocco Morocco
Mark Chisholm Lock Australia Australia
Dewald Senekal Lock South Africa South Africa
Pierre Gayraud Lock France France
Guillaume Bernad Flanker France France
Opeti Fonua Flanker Tonga Tonga
Dwayne Haare Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Jean-Joseph Marmouyet Flanker France France
Jean Monribot Flanker France France
Julien Puricelli Flanker France France
Player Position Union
Mathieu Bélie Scrum-half France France
Stephen Brett Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Scott Spedding Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Sam Gerber Centre South Africa South Africa
Gabiriele Lovobalavu Centre Fiji Fiji
Manu Ahotaeiloa Centre Tonga Tonga
Emmanuel Romero Centre France France
Joe Rokocoko Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Saïmoni Vaka Wing Fiji Fiji
Martin Bustos Moyano Fullback Argentina Argentina

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Notable former players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Financial strife sees Montauban relegated". ESPN Scrum. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  2. ^ (French) "Aviron Bayonnais - Equipe". Official club homepage of Aviron Bayonnais. 

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