Aviron Bayonnais

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Full name Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro
Founded 1904; 111 years ago (1904)
Location Bayonne, France
Ground(s) Stade Jean Dauger (Capacity: 16,934)
President Francis Salagoity
Coach(es) Vincent Etcheto (head coach/backs)
Dewald Senekal (forwards)
Captain(s) Jean Monribot
League(s) Rugby Pro D2
2014–15 13th Top 14 (Relegated)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd 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 second level of the French league system, in the Rugby Pro D2 competition. In the 2014–15 Top 14 Season they were relegated after finishing 13th.

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]

2014–15 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 (SF) 26 16 0 10 740 525 +215 81 52 7 5 76
2 Clermont 26 16 1 9 630 464 +166 58 40 5 4 75
3 Toulouse (SF) 26 16 0 10 573 504 +69 53 37 3 3 70
4 Stade Français 26 15 1 10 591 576 +15 60 54 6 2 70
5 Racing Métro (QF) 26 13 3 10 551 497 +54 52 37 3 4 65
6 Oyonnax (QF) 26 14 0 12 514 507 +7 37 43 2 4 62
7 Bordeaux 26 12 0 14 701 578 +123 66 45 4 9 61
8 Montpellier 26 11 2 13 537 516 +21 44 46 2 5 55
9 La Rochelle 26 10 5 11 520 659 –139 43 67 2 2 54
10 Brive 26 12 0 14 502 619 −117 40 66 3 2 53
11 Grenoble 26 11 0 15 626 735 –109 54 70 3 6 53
12 Castres 26 11 0 15 509 627 −118 50 63 4 4 52
13 Bayonne (R) 26 10 1 15 522 548 −26 44 46 5 5 52
14 Lyon (R) 26 8 1 17 469 630 −161 42 58 0 7 41

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 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Yellow background (row 7) indicates the team that advances to a play-off against the winner of the Aviva Premiership vs Pro12 play-off, or 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner if they have not already qualified for the Champions Cup.[1]
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 13 and 14) will be relegated to Rugby Pro D2. Updated 26 April 2015

Current squad[edit]

2015-16 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
Grégory Arganese Hooker France France
Simon Labouyrie Hooker France France
Rassie Van Vuuren Hooker South Africa South Africa
Richard Choirat Prop France France
Simon Courcoul Prop France France
Aretz Iguiniz Prop France France
Florian Lapeyrade Prop France France
Anton Peikrishvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Bertrand Perez Prop France France
Toma'akino Taufa Prop Tonga Tonga
Mark Chisholm Lock Australia Australia
Guillaume Ducat Lock France France
Pierre Gayraud Lock France France
Pelu Taele Lock Samoa Samoa
Baptiste Chouzenoux Flanker France France
Dwayne Haare Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Jean-Jo Marmouyet Flanker France France
Makatuki Polutele Flanker France France
Pieter-Jan van Lill Flanker Namibia Namibia
Thibault Visensang Flanker Spain Spain
Benjamin Macome Number 8 Argentina Argentina
Jean Monribot Number 8 France France
Player Position Union
Joannes Henry Scrum-half France France
Guillaume Rouet Scrum-half Spain Spain
Lucas Meret Fly-half France France
Blair Stewart Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Brendan Hegarty Centre France France
Thibault Lacroix Centre France France
Adam Whitelock Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Martin Bustos Moyano Wing Argentina Argentina
Bastien Fuster Wing France France
Julien Jané Wing France France
Martin Laveau Wing France France
Maile Jr Mamao Wing Tonga Tonga
Pierre Sayerse Wing France France
Jon Elissalde Fullback France France
Benjamin Thiéry Fullback France France

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. ^ "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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