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Full name Aviron Bayonnais
Founded 1904
Location Bayonne, France
Ground(s) Stade Jean Dauger
Capacity 16,934
President France Francis Salagoïty
Coach(es) France Christian Gajan
Captain(s) France Rémy Martin
League(s) Top 14
2008-09 7th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
For the French football (soccer) club, see Aviron Bayonnais Football Club.

Aviron Bayonnais is a French rugby union club from Bayonne in Pyrénées-Atlantiques that currently competes in the top level of the French league system, in the Top 14 competition.

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.



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.


  • Coupe André Moga:
    • Champions: 1995

Finals results

French championship

Date Champions Runners-up Score Venue Spectateurs
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

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

Coupe de l'Espérance

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

Current squad

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

Nat. Position Player
France HK François Da Ros
France HK Arnaud Heguy
France HK David Roumieu
Samoa HK Ace Tiatia
France PR Denis Avril
Australia PR Rodney Blake
France PR Renaud Boyoud
France PR Aretz Iguiniz
France PR Pierre-Philippe Lafond
Italy PR Salvatore Perugini
New Zealand LK Ross Filipo
France LK Nicolas Lafitte
South Africa LK Robbin Linde
New Zealand LK Mikaera Tewhata
France FL Guillaume Bernad
South Africa FL Jacques Deen
France FL Jean-Joseph Marmouyet
France FL Rémy Martin Captain
France FL Julien Puricelli
France N8 Marc Baget
New Zealand N8 Dwayne Haare
Nat. Position Player
France SH Beñat Arrayet
Spain SH Cédric Garcia
France SH Mickaël Lopez
France FH Pierre Bernard
Australia FH Manny Edmonds
France FH Sébastien Fauque
Italy FH Craig Gower
South Africa CE Sam Gerber
France CE Vincent Inigo
France CE Thibault Lacroix
France CE Lionel Mazars
Fiji WG Filimoni Bolavucu
France WG Benjamin Fall
France WG Clément Lagain
France FB Pépito Elhorga
France FB Jean-Baptiste Peyras


Notable former players



  1. ^ (French) "Aviron Bayonnais - Equipe". Official club homepage of Aviron Bayonnais. 
  • Un siècle de rugby à Bayonne, de Manuel Castiella, éd. Atlantica, 2001

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