TOP 14. 17 recruits, an XL hinge, a Fijian 7: what is the recruitment of Aviron Bayonnais worth?

It was at the end of a season not always linear but well marked by a title of French champion of ProD2 that Aviron Bayonnais climbed to the Top 14. A validated promotion, then, since we remember that Ciels et Finally, Blancs had been relegated after of the craziest attack in the history of French rugby, against enemy Biarritz, in June 2021. Goal achieved, and with a new squad founded around coach Grégory Patat, the next one will obviously be to perpetuate themselves in the elite of French rugby, something that is less and less evident today, between an increasingly opaque level and these adhesion matches that no longer guarantee maintenance in 13th place in the regular season.

TOP 14. Budget: Bayonne breaks the bank and shows its ambitions

For this reason, club 64 gives itself the means to achieve it. Despite a rather modest budget for the Top 14, the rowing registers the arrival of… 17 players! For 16 outings, you will tell us, but looking closely and despite the important losses that are Filimo Taofifenua, Joe Ravouvou or Asier Usarraga, Baiona seems to have been very smart in their recruitment, and potentially win in return. It would be better for the Top 14, note… In this case, Jean-Dauger offered safe values ​​of the elite of French rugby in every line, or almost. If the promising Boniface goes to Bordeaux, it will be Quentin Bethune, 26 years old and 66 first division games, who will replace him in the pile.

Pro D2.  Champion of Bayonne and invisible Montois, the Basque demonstration seen by social networksPro D2. Champion of Bayonne and invisible Montois, the Basque demonstration seen by social networks

On the heels, while the brave John Ulugia has just received a well-deserved retirement, it is the explosive Argentine Facundo Bosch who will take over and compete for a starting position with Namibia’s Van Jaarsveld. At 30 years old, Pierre Bourgarit’s official substitute for 3 seasons arrives in the Basque Country to secure a starting position that he would undoubtedly have secured in many other clubs. It’s up to him to do the work! Ditto in the second measure, where the joint arrivals of Thomas Ceyte (Nevers), Geoffrey Cridge (Waratahs) and the colossal Uruguayan Manuel Leindekar (2m05) will force them to fight for their place. The truth is that with these 3 players, and if none of them is Eben Etzebeth or Will Skelton, the rowing has been right again, with some guys who, in our opinion, have enough in their stomachs to know the level of the Top 14. Finally, at the front, the arrival of the Tongan from Castres Kafatolu stands out, but also and especially of two managers from Carcassonne last season: Pierre Hughet (23 terms), this 3rd line with a great physique who will embark on the central Guillaume his bags. Martocq, he returns from the loan.

An international hinge

But it must be said, the high point of the club’s recruitment this summer remains on the hinge. Since July 4, the date of the resumption on the shores of the Atlantic, it is a 9-10 association with more than 65 matches between the blues who train next to Bayonne. Maxime Machenaud and Camille Lopez, it is about several hundred meetings in the Top 14 and even some associations in EDF. It is obvious, with their immense experience, they will be entrusted with the keys to the truck and it is up to them to guide Aviron and help him stay on the front line. Despite everything, and also because this recruitment promises to be completed, the Skies et Blancs can count on the arrival of another high-level debutant who proved his worth with Narbonne last year: New Zealander Jason Robertson. In the Top 14, the seasons are long and the Bayonne board seem to have understood this well…

TRANSFER POINT.  A Baby Black in Bayonne, Garbisi stays, a Toulousain towards Racing 92?TRANSFER POINT. A Baby Black in Bayonne, Garbisi stays, a Toulousain towards Racing 92?

Behind, two vengeful people with great potential landed to find playing time and sensations. First, Eneriko Buliruarua, who is coming off a frustrating season with La Rochelle where he only made 9 small starts in total, without tasting the final stages, the European Cup or the Top 14. Still, the Fijian he always has the same gas and the same power and will bring even more danger to the Bayonne attack, he who should compete with his compatriot Sireli Maqala in the center, revelation of last season. Bastien Pourailly, he, who sought to relaunch Clermont after a promising start to his career in Pau, has returned to the ranks. He will therefore land in Bayonne with his spirits intact and with the firm intention of renewing a full season in the Top 14.

TRANSFER.  Pro D2.  Bayona looks like a Fijian sept and recruits in NarbonneTRANSFER. Pro D2. Bayona looks like a Fijian sept and recruits in Narbonne

Finally, since we were talking about the Maqala bomb, know that at the confluence of the Nive and the Adour, we are trying more or less the same stroke as last season, with the arrival of another young member of the Fiji 7’s . This time, it is Kaminieli Rasaku who will land in the future facilities of Campus AB. Very explosive, burly and equipped with an impressive racket, the 22-year-old should line up on the wing and provide a bit more relief on the outsides of the promotion. While we will also have to keep an eye on the young but equally promising Yohan Orabé (20), who comes with a promising contract in the bag but could make his first appearances in the Top 14 season if he adapts well, on behalf of his talent and his 12 trials with Mauléon last season.

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