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Olympique Pays Basque[a] (French: [bjaʁits ɔlɛ̃pik pɛ.i bask]), usually known simply as Biarritz, is a French professional rugby union team based in the Basque city of Biarritz, New Aquitaine
New Aquitaine
which competes in the Rugby Pro D2, the second division of French rugby. Biarritz
plays its home matches at the Parc des Sports Aguiléra, which is a multi-use stadium in Biarritz
and which has a capacity of around 13,500 people, though for games that need a larger capacity, Biarritz
may play at the Estadio Anoeta
Estadio Anoeta
in San Sebastián. Biarritz
play in red and white colours. Biarritz
won a number of major honors, including the French championship on five occasions. Biarritz
Olympique was formed in 1913 through a merger of the Biarritz Stade and Biarritz
Sporting Club rugby teams. Biarritz
made their way to the final of the French championship for the first time in the 1934 season where they were defeated by Bayonne. The following season they claimed their first championship, defeating Perpignan in the final. That decade Biarritz
met Perpignan twice again in the final, winning one and losing one. It would not be until 1992 when the club made the final again, and then a decade later, winning the championship in 2002. The club won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, and were runners-up in Europe in 2006 and 2010 as well. In 2013-14, Biarritz won just five matches out of 26, and were relegated to the Pro D2 League. In 2016-2017, they have qualified for promotion playoff.


1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 The 1980s and 90s 1.3 2000s

2 Stadium 3 Colours and name 4 Supporters 5 Honours 6 Finals results

6.1 French championship 6.2 Heineken Cup 6.3 European Challenge Cup 6.4 Challenge Yves du Manoir 6.5 Coupe de France

7 European record 8 Current standings 9 Current squad 10 Notable former players 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] The history of the club extends back to the late 19th century. An athletic club, Biarritz
Stade (named that, in 1902) opened up a rugby quarter. In 1909, the Biarritz
Sporting Club was established. On 26 April 1913, the fusion of the two clubs took place. The new name of the club was Biarritz
Olympique and its inaugural president was M. P. Campagne. On 13 May 1934, Biarritz
Olympique played in the final of the French premiership; they were however, defeated by Aviron Bayonnais 13 points to 8 at Stade des Ponts Jumeaux in Toulouse
in front of 18,000 people. It was the only all-Basque final and is still the final in which the two contenders were separated by the shortest distance (3 miles), outside the all-Parisian finals of the late 19th century. A year later, Biarritz
again found themselves in the final of the national championship, this time against USA Perpignan. They emerged victorious, winning three points to nil, claiming their first ever national championship. The success continued in the latter stages of the decade. In the 1938 championship, Biarritz
again met USAP in the final, though this time, the Perpignan club were able to get the win, Biarritz
losing 11 points to six. A year later, the two clubs met in the final again, with Biarritz
coming out as the better club on the day, winning six points to nil, and claiming the second national championship. But for almost 50 years, Biarritz
was not going to feature prominently in the French league. The 1980s and 90s[edit] It was not until the late 1980s that BO, as it is nicknamed, was going to reach the top again. In 1989 Biarritz
contested their first Challenge Yves du Manoir final since the 1937 season. However, they were defeated by RC Narbonne
RC Narbonne
18–12 in the final. In 1992, Biarritz made it to the national final, played at Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
in Paris. However, Biarritz
went down to RC Toulon
RC Toulon
19 points to 14. In the 1997–98 season, Biarritz
competed in their first European Rugby Cup competition, playing in the European Challenge Cup. Biarritz
won three of their six fixtures, and did not make it past the pool stages. The 1998–99 season was similar to the previous, though they were able to win one more of their pool fixtures, but finished third in the pool standings after other French clubs Agen and Brive. In their third Challenge Cup, Biarritz
only lost one pool game and finished first in the standings. However, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by English club Bristol. As well as the success in the Challenge Cup, in the 1999–00 season, they also won the Coupe de France
for the first time since 1937, defeating CA Brive
CA Brive
24–13 in the final. Biarritz
also earned qualification for the Heineken Cup.[1] 2000s[edit]

Celebrations after Biarritz' 2006 championship win over Toulouse.

The club finished at the top of their pool In the Heineken Cup, but were eliminated by Irish team Munster, losing 38–29 in the quarter-finals at Thomond Park. In the 2001–02 Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
Biarritz did not make the finals, finishing second in their pool, winning two of their six pool fixtures. In 2002, Biarritz
made their way to the domestic final for the first time in a decade. They defeated Agen 25 to 22 at Stade de France
in Saint-Denis in front of 78,457. That season they were also runners-up to La Rochelle in the Coupe de France
final, losing 21–19. The 2002–03 Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
was also a success for Biarritz, finishing at the top of their pool standings, they were quarter-finalists, but lost to Leinster 18–13 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin. The 2003–04 Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
was a best ever for Biarritz, as they made it to the semi-finals for the first time. They finished at the top of their pool and defeated the Llanelli Scarlets
in the quarter-finals. They lost to fellow French club Toulouse
19–11 in the semi-finals. In 2004–05 Biarritz
dropped only the one pool game against the London
Wasps and finished at the top of their pool. They then defeated Munster in the quarter-finals, to repeat their success of the previous season by making the semi-finals. They however lost to Stade Français, 20–17 at Parc des Princes. More success followed in 2005, where they defeated the Stade Français
Stade Français
club 37 points to 34 in the domestic final after a very rugged challenge. In the year 2006, they made it to the Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
final where they met Munster. Although they lost their first pool game to the Saracens, Biarritz
won the remaining matches and finished at the top of their pool, and defeated English clubs Sale and Bath in the finals to make the final. They lost the compelling game 19–23. They were however able to make it to the final of the 2005–06 Top 14, where they met Toulouse. Biarritz
led nine points to six at half time but stormed to victory in the second half, the final score being 40 to 13, making Biarritz
back-to-back winners. In the 2006–07 Heineken Cup
2006–07 Heineken Cup
Biarritz won all six of their pool games, topping their group with 29 points. They met fellow pool team Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
at Estadio Anoeta
Estadio Anoeta
in the quarter-finals: Northampton upset Biarritz
8–7. In 2010, after finishing atop their pool, Biarritz
defeated Ospreys and Munster, both at the Anoeta, and lost a hard-fought Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
final to Toulouse, 21–19, at Stade de France
in Saint-Denis on Saturday, 22 May. On 18 May 2012, Biarritz
beat Top 14
Top 14
rivals Toulon 21-18 in the 2012 Amlin Challenge Cup Final at Twickenham Stoop.[2] Biarritz
played poorly during the 2013–14 Top 14
Top 14
season, and ended up being relegated to the Rugby Pro D2
Rugby Pro D2
for the 2014–15 season. Stadium[edit]

Basque flag with BOPB logo in a house of Biarritz

Rabagny (mascot)

play their home matches at the Parc des Sports Aguiléra, which is a multi-use stadium in Biarritz. The stadium is used mostly for rugby and is able to hold around 13,500 people. Apart from Biarritz
home games, the ground also hosted an international between the French Barbarians
French Barbarians
and Argentina. Biarritz
sometimes move larger games across the border to Estadio Anoeta in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain. The Anoeta is the nearest stadium to Biarritz
with a suitable capacity for matches such as a Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
semi-final, which must be played at a venue which can hold at least 20,000 spectators. The Anoeta holds well above that limit, at slightly over 32,000. The first such match held there was a victory over Munster in a quarter final of the 2004–05 Heineken Cup. In 2005–06 Biarritz
played and won both their Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
quarter and semi-finals at the venue. The 2006–07 quarter-final against Northampton was also played there. In the 2009–10 Top 14
Top 14
season, Biarritz
took two league matches to the Anoeta—their home leg of the Northern Basque derby against Bayonne, and a home match against fellow traditional power Toulouse. They also played both of their knockout matches leading up to the 2010 Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
final at the Anoeta, defeating Ospreys in the quarter-finals and Munster in the semi-finals. Colours and name[edit] Biarritz
Olympique usually play in red and white colours. Green is the club's tertiary colour, as red, white and green are the traditional colours that represent the Basque Country. Their home uniform consists of red socks and shorts with a predominantly white shirt with red sides. A second jersey also has one green arm. For the 2015-16 season, their kit is produced by Macron (sportswear). The main shirt sponsor is Capgemini. In 1998, it adopted its current name ( Biarritz
Olympique Pays Basque), which refers to the club's Basque heritage the name is often abbreviated as BOPB. The club logo is a red and white shield with the B and O in the middle. The words Pays Basque also appear on either side of the logo in green. Supporters[edit] The Biarritz
supporters sometimes wave the Basque flag in the stands. Traditional Basque songs are also heard, as Basque supporters have a reputation for being very good singers. The Parc des Sports Aguilera is considered an intimidating venue to play at, with Biarritz supporters having a reputation for being very vocal.[3] Honours[edit]

French championship

Champions: 1935, 1939, 2002, 2005, 2006 Runners-up: 1934, 1938, 1992

Heineken Cup:

Runners-up: 2006, 2010

European Challenge Cup:

Champions: 2012

Challenge Yves du Manoir:

Champions: 1937, 2000 Runners-up: 1989

Coupe de France/Coupe de la Ligue

Runners-up: 2002

Finals results[edit] French championship[edit]

2006 Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
action against the Border Reivers.

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Crowd

13 May 1934 Aviron Bayonnais Biarritz
Olympique 13–8 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 18.000

12 May 1935 Biarritz
Olympique USA Perpignan 3–0 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23.000

8 May 1938 USA Perpignan Biarritz
Olympique 11–6 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 24.600

30 April 1939 Biarritz
Olympique USA Perpignan 6–0 (aet) Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 23.000

6 June 1992 RC Toulon Biarritz
Olympique 19–3 Parc des Princes, Paris 48.000

8 June 2002 Biarritz
Olympique SU Agen 25–22 (aet) Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78.457

11 June 2005 Biarritz
Olympique Stade Français 37–34 (aet) Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79.475

10 June 2006 Biarritz
Olympique Stade Toulousain 40–13 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 79.474

Heineken Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Crowd

20 May 2006 Munster Biarritz
Olympique 23–19 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 74,534

22 May 2010 Stade Toulousain Biarritz
Olympique 21–19 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 78,962

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Winner Runner-up Score Venue Crowd

18 May 2012 Biarritz
Olympique Toulon 21–18 The Stoop, London 9,376

Challenge Yves du Manoir[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up

1937 Biarritz
Olympique 9–3 USA Perpignan

1989 RC Narbonne 18–12 Biarritz

2000 Biarritz
Olympique 24–13 CA Brive

Coupe de France[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up

2002 Stade Rochelais 23–19 Biarritz

European record[edit]

Season Competition Games Points Notes

played won drawn lost for against diff

2011–12 Heineken Cup 6 3 0 3 143 105 +42 Second in pool; parachuted into Challenge Cup

Amlin Challenge Cup 3 3 0 0 66 41 +19 Champions

2010–11 Heineken Cup 7 4 0 3 160 112 +48 Quarter-finalist (lost to Toulouse)

2009–10 Heineken Cup 9 7 0 2 254 153 +101 Runners-up to Toulouse

2008–09 Heineken Cup 6 3 0 3 121 88 +33

2007–08 Heineken Cup 6 4 0 2 109 116 −7

2006–07 Heineken Cup 7 6 0 1 192 52 +140 Quarter-finalist (lost to Northampton Saints)

2005–06 Heineken Cup 9 7 0 2 230 131 99 Runners-up to Munster

2004–05 Heineken Cup 9 6 0 2 199 122 77 Semi-finalist (lost to Stade Français)

2003–04 Heineken Cup 8 5 0 3 177 126 51 Semi-finalist (lost to Toulouse)

2002–03 Heineken Cup 7 4 0 3 185 128 57

2001–02 Heineken Cup 6 2 1 3 104 95 9 Quarter-finalists (lost to Leinster)

2000–01 Heineken Cup 7 4 0 3 193 190 3 Quarter-finalists (lost to Munster)

1999–00 Challenge Cup 7 5 0 2 256 109 147 Quarter-finalists (lost to Bristol)

1998–99 Challenge Cup 6 4 0 2 187 124 63

1997–98 Challenge Cup 6 3 0 3 123 153 −30

Current standings[edit] The current table for the 2017–18 Rugby Pro D2
Rugby Pro D2

2017–18 Rugby Pro D2
Rugby Pro D2
Table watch · edit · discuss

Pos Club Pl W D L PF PA PD TB LB Pts

1 Perpignan 23 16 1 6 693 451 +242 9 2 77

2 Montauban 23 17 1 5 512 386 +126 3 2 75

3 Mont-de-Marsan 23 14 0 9 617 403 +214 11 2 69

4 Grenoble 23 15 0 8 588 550 +38 3 2 65

5 Biarritz 23 14 0 9 600 484 +116 4 4 64

6 Béziers 23 13 0 10 518 538 –20 2 2 56

7 Colomiers 23 11 1 11 498 505 –7 5 4 55

8 Bayonne 23 11 0 11 573 594 –21 4 4 54

9 Soyaux Angoulême 23 11 1 11 465 496 –31 2 3 51

10 Nevers 23 10 0 13 436 436 +0 3 3 46

11 Aurillac 23 9 1 13 478 508 –30 1 5 44

12 Vannes 23 8 0 15 497 573 –76 4 7 43

13 Dax 23 8 1 14 469 574 –105 2 5 41

14 Massy 23 9 0 14 464 516 –52 1 4 41

15 Carcassonne 23 8 0 15 418 530 –112 2 5 39

16 Narbonne 23 6 1 16 384 666 –282 2 1 29

Legend: Pos = Position, Pl = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Points Total Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final Promotion play-off places. Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final Promotion play-off places. Red background relegation to Fédérale 1.

Notes: When two teams have the same points total, position is determined by head-to-head results before points difference.

Current squad[edit] The Biarritz
squad for the 2017–18 season is:[5][b] 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

Ronan Chambord Hooker France

Elvis Levi Hooker Samoa

Lucas Peyresblanques Hooker France

Leandro Mario Assi Prop Argentina

Ximun Bessonart Prop France

BJ Botha [b] Prop South Africa

Laurent Cabarry Prop France

Mathieu Guidicelli Prop France

Nephi Leatigaga [b] Prop Samoa

Johann Lourdelet Prop France

Thomas Synaeghel Prop France

Léo Bastien Lock France

Josaia Cama Lock Fiji

Thibault Dubarry
Thibault Dubarry
[b] Lock South Africa

Edwin Hewitt Lock South Africa

Sikeli Nabou Lock Fiji

Jean-Bapiste Singer Lock France

Lucas de Coninck [b] Flanker France

Bertrand Guiry Flanker France

Siosefo Filipe Manu Flanker New Zealand

Nemia Soqeta Flanker Fiji

Mathieu Hirigoyen Number 8 France

Alban Placines Number 8 France

Player Position Union

Xan Etcheverry Scrum-half France

Alexandre Loustaunau Scrum-half France

Maxime Lucu Scrum-half France

Pierre Bernard [b] Fly-half France

Jules Even Fly-half France

Fabien Fortassin Fly-half France

Alex Arrate Centre France

Théo Dachary Centre France

Adriu Delai Centre Fiji

Charles Gimenez Centre France

Joe Vakacegu Centre Fiji

Yohann Artru [b] Wing France

Julien Mendiague Wing France

Uwa Tawalo [b] Wing Fiji

Kyran Bungaroo Fullback England

Luke Burton [b] Fly-half Australia

Kylan Hamdaoui Fullback France

Ximun Lucu Fullback France

Anthony Viudes Fullback France


^ " Biarritz
Olympic, Basque Country" ^ a b c d e f g h i New signings Yohann Artru, Pierre Bernard, BJ Botha, Luke Burton, Lucas de Coninck, Thibault Dubarry, Nephi Leatigaga and Uwa Tawalo[6] are not yet listed on the official site.

Notable former players[edit]

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Federico Martín Aramburú Marcelo Bosch Manuel Carizza Agustín Creevy Martín Gaitán Eusebio Guiñazú Dane Haylett-Petty Karmichael Hunt Jack Isaac Joe Roff Haig Sare Marc Stcherbina Iain Balshaw Ayoola Erinle Magnus Lund Richard Pool-Jones Sireli Bobo Benoit August Denis Avril Marc Baget Fabien Barcella Jean-Pascal Barraque Philippe Bernat-Salles Serge Betsen Philippe Bidabé Serge Blanco Sébastien Bonetti Guillaume Boussès Nicolas Brusque Michel Celaya Jean Condom David Couzinet Valentin Courrent Benjamin Dambielle Julien Dupuy Thierry Dusautoir Pépito Elhorga Florian Faure Fernand Forgues Philippe Gimbert Jean-Baptiste Gobelet Jean-Michel Gonzalez André Haget Francis Haget Henri Haget Imanol Harinordoquy Arnaud Héguy Thibault Lacroix Patrice Lagisquet Raphaël Lakafia Jean Larribau Grégoire Lascubé Wenceslas Lauret Benoît Lecouls Yann Lesgourgues Marc Lièvremont Thomas Lièvremont Sylvain Marconnet Jimmy Marlu Legi Matiu Alexandre Menini Arnaud Mignardi Christophe Milhères Benjamin Noirot Olivier Olibeau Pascal Ondarts Julien Peyrelongue Olivier Roumat Julien Saubade Benjamin Thiéry Jérôme Thion Teddy Thomas Sébastien Tillous-Borde Damien Traille Dimitri Yachvili Santiago Dellapè Andrea Masi Gonzalo Padro Campbell Johnstone Frano Botica Daniel Waenga Erik Lund Petru Bălan Ovidiu Toniţa Henry Fa'afili Census Johnston Kas Lealamanua Wicus Blaauw Jacques Cronjé Ashwin Willemse Takudzwa Ngwenya Thretton Palamo Samiu Vahafolau Ueleni Fono Kurt Morath

See also[edit]

List of rugby union clubs in France Rugby union
Rugby union
in France


^ "Biarritz". scrum.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2006.  ^ "Rugby- Biarritz
21 Toulon 18 - Amlin Challenge Cup final result". Reuters. 18 May 2012.  ^ " Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
2006–07". BBC. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006.  ^ "Classement PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 10 May 2017.  ^ "Equipe - Effectif PRO D2". Biarritz
Olympique Pays Basque (in French). Retrieved 8 September 2017.  ^ "Joueurs PRO D2". Ligue Nationale de Rugby (in French). Retrieved 8 September 2017. 

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Alex Arrate Yohann Artru Pierre Bernard Kyran Bungaroo Luke Burton Théo Dacharry Adriu Delai Xan Etcheverry Jules Even Fabien Fortassin Charles Gimenez Kylan Hamdaoui Alexandre Loustaunau Maxime Lucu Ximun Lucu Julien Mendiague Uwa Tawalo Joe Vakacegu Anthony Viudes