Aviron Bayonnais

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Full name Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro
Founded 1904; 112 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) Top 14
2015–16 2nd Rugby Pro D2 (Promoted)
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.abrugby.fr

Aviron Bayonnais (Basque: Baionako Arrauna) is a French rugby union club from Bayonne (Baiona, in Basque) in Pyrénées-Atlantiques that currently competes 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.

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 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.

Honours[edit]

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]

2015–16 Rugby Pro D2 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Lyon 30 25 0 5 971 493 +478 13 4 117
2 Bayonne 30 19 1 10 658 602 +56 4 4 86
3 Aurillac 30 18 0 12 724 613 +111 6 3 81
4 Mont De Marsan 30 17 1 12 655 611 +44 5 3 78
5 Colomiers 30 16 3 11 629 590 +39 4 4 78
6 Béziers 30 17 1 12 745 662 +83 4 3 77
7 Perpignan 30 15 1 14 676 615 +61 5 6 73
8 Biarritz 30 14 0 16 674 656 +18 3 5 64
9 Bourgoin 30 12 0 18 595 642 −47 5 9 62
10 Albi 30 13 5 15 591 643 −52 2 4 62
11 Narbonne 30 13 0 17 602 653 –51 2 6 60
12 Montauban 30 12 0 18 570 624 -54 1 9 58
13 Tarbes 30 13 0 17 543 630 –87 0 9 53
14 Carcassonne 30 11 0 19 484 741 −257 0 5 49
15 Dax 30 10 1 19 538 713 −175 1 5 48
16 Provence Rugby 30 10 0 20 549 716 −167 1 5 46
Green background (row 1) Champions automatically promoted to Top 14.
Blue background denotes teams that qualify for the promotion play-offs.
Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

Note: When two teams have the same points total, position is calculated by results between teams before points difference.
Note: Tarbes had 8 points deducted and were automatically relegated at the end of the season.

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2016–17 season, see List of 2016–17 Top 14 transfers § Bayonne.

The Bayonne squad for the 2016–17 Top 14 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
Grégory Arganese Hooker France France
Simon Labouyrie Hooker France France
Manu Leiataua Hooker Samoa Samoa
Adrien Bordenave Prop France France
Ben Broster Prop Wales Wales
Richard Choirat Prop France France
Lorenzo Cittadini Prop Italy Italy
Aretz Iguiniz Prop France France
Davit Khinchagishvili Prop Georgia (country) Georgia
Jérôme Schuster Prop France France
Tom Donnelly Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Pierre Gayraud Lock France France
Pablo Huete Lock Chile Chile
Adam Jaulhac Lock France France
Evrard Dion Oulai Lock Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Pelu Taele Lock Samoa Samoa
Baptiste Chouzenoux Flanker France France
Tanerau Latimer Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Jean-Jo Marmouyet Flanker France France
Jean Monribot Flanker France France
Johnnie Beattie Number 8 Scotland Scotland
PJ van Lill Number 8 Namibia Namibia
Player Position Union
Bastien Duhalde Scrum-half France France
Guillaume Rouet Scrum-half Spain Spain
Emmanuel Saubusse Scrum-half France France
Willie du Plessis Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Raphaël Lagarde Fly-half France France
Lucas Méret Fly-half France France
Thibault Lacroix Centre France France
Félix Le Bourhis Centre France France
Gabiriele Lovobalavu Centre Fiji Fiji
Adam Whitelock Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Bastien Fuster Wing France France
Julien Jané Wing France France
Romain Martial Wing France France
Kade Poki Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Martín Bustos Moyano Fullback Argentina Argentina
Benjamin Thiéry Fullback France France

Academy squad[edit]

In addition, the Bayonne Academy players (with espoir or training contracts) are:[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 Prop Chile Chile
Ugo Boniface Prop France France
Tomaʻakino Taufa Prop Tonga Tonga
Jon Zabala Prop Spain Spain
Guillaume Ducat Lock France France
Jean-Blaise Lespinasse Flanker France France
Maka Polutélé Flanker France France
Player Position Union
Luigi Tarozzi Fly-half France France
Maile Mamao Centre Tonga Tonga
Martin Laveau Wing France France
Simon Maillard Wing France France
Julien Tisseron 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. ^ a b "L'effectif de l'Aviron Bayonnais pour la saison 16-17" (Press release) (in French). Aviron Bayonnais. 22 June 2016. Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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