TOP 14. 17 recruits, an XL hinge, a Fijian 7’s: what is the value of recruiting Aviron Bayonnais?

It is at the end of a season that is not always linear but well and truly punctuated by a title of the French ProD2 champion that Aviron Bayonnais therefore moved to the Top 14. An increase validated, therefore, because we remember that the Ciels et The Blancs finally got off after the craziest barrage in the history of French rugby, against the enemy Biarritz, in June 2021. The goal was achieved, and with a new staff built around manager Grégory Patat, the next one will obviously continue in the elite of The French rugby, something that is not very clear today, between a more ambiguous level and these participation games 13th-place finish in the regular season is no longer guaranteed.

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

For this, the 64 club provides its own means to achieve this. Despite the small budget for the Top 14, Rowing recorded the arrival of … 17 players! For the 16 departures, you tell us, but on closer inspection and despite the many losses that are Filimo Taofifenua, Joe Ravouvou or Asier Usarraga, Bayonne seems very intelligent in its recruitment, and may get the exchange. Better for the Top 14, note … In this case, Jean-Dauger offers sure value to the elite of French rugby in every line, or almost. If the promising Boniface goes to Bordeaux, Quentin Bethune, 26 years old and 66 games in the first division will replace him in the pile.

Pro D2.  Bayonne champion and invisible Montois, the Basque demonstration seen on social networksPro D2. Bayonne champion and invisible Montois, the Basque demonstration seen on social networks

On the heels, while the brave John Ulugia has just taken a well-deserved retirement, it is the more explosive Argentinian Facundo Bosch who will take over and compete for a starting position with the Namibian Van Jaarsveld. At the age of 30, the official understudy of Pierre Bourgarit for 3 seasons arrived in the Basque Country to pick up a place to start that he will surely get at many other clubs. It’s up to him to do the work! Ditto in the second bar, where the combined arrival of Thomas Ceyte (Nevers), Geoffrey Cridge (Waratahs) and the huge Uruguayan Manuel Leindekar (2m05) will force them to fight for their place. The fact remains that with these 3 players, and without one of them Eben Etzebeth or Will Skelton, Rowing is once again right, with boys who, in our opinion, have enough in their bellies to be familiar with Top 14 levels. Finally, in front, note the arrival of the Tongan from Castres Kaftatolu, but also and above all the two executives from Carcassonne last season: Pierre Hughet (23 terms), this th -3 line with a big body to ride his suitcases in the center Guillaume Martocq, he came back from loan.

An international hinge

But let’s just say, the high point of the club’s recruitment this summer remains on the hinge. Since July 4, the date of the continuation of the Atlantic coast, it is an association of 9-10 with more than 65 caps of the Blues training on the side of Bayonne. Maxime Machenaud and Camille Lopez, these are several hundred meetings of the Top 14 and even some associations of the EDF. Obviously, with their vast experience, the keys to the truck will be handed over to them and it will be up to them to guide Aviron and help it stay in the top flight. Despite everything, and this is also the reason why this recruitment promises to be complete, Skies et Blancs can count on the arrival of another high-level opener who proved his worth with Narbonne last year: the Neo-Zelander Jason Robertson. In the Top 14, the seasons are long and that, the management of Bayonne seems to understand it well…

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

In the background, two vindictive people with a lot of potential landed to find playing time and sensations. First of all, Eneriko Buliruarua, who is coming out of a disappointing season with La Rochelle where he had 9 small starts in total, without tasting the last stages, neither the European Cup nor the Top 14 . However, the Fijian always has the same gas and the same power and will bring more danger in the Bayonne attack, he who should compete with his compatriot Sireli Maqala in the center, revealing last season. Bastien Pourailly, he, who is looking to relaunch Clermont after a good start to his career at Pau, returns to the ranks. So he will land in Bayonne with an intact state of mind and the firm intention of renewing a full season in the Top 14.

TRANSFER.  Pro D2.  Bayonne sees a Fijian septist and recruits NarbonneTRANSFER. Pro D2. Bayonne sees a Fijian septist and recruits Narbonne

Finally, since we are talking about the bomb in Maqala, it is known that at the meeting of Nive and Adour, we tried more or less the same explosion as last time, with the arrival of another young member in the Fiji 7’s. This time, Kaminieli Rasaku will land on the upcoming AB Campus facilities. Very busy, lackluster and endowed with an impressive racket, the 22-year-old player should be aligned on the wing and provide little relief outside of the promoted one. Meanwhile we also have to keep an eye on the very young but equally promising Yohan Orabé (20 years old), who has a promising contract in the bag but who can make his first appearance in the Top 14 season if there is a good adaptation, in the name of his talent and his 12 attempts at Mauléon last season.

Rugby.  Sparkling in the Federal 1 to 19 years old, meets Yohan Orabe, future BayonnaisRugby. Sparkling in the Federal 1 to 19 years old, meets Yohan Orabe, future Bayonnais

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