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Aviron Bayonnais

Full name Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro
Founded 1904 (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)
Official website

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.


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.


  • Coupe André Moga:
    • Champions: 1995

Finals results

The Aviron Bayonnais squad in 1914.

French championship

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
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