The two Basque clubs face each other this Saturday for a place in the Top 14. Story of a passionate rivalry.
The joke began to circulate on Sunday morning on the markets of Bayonne. “Don’t forget to get vaccinated! Saturday, you have to go abroad.“Abroad is… Biarritz, and its Aguilera stadium where a glowing derby will be played this Saturday (5.30 pm, Canal +). The challenge ? The Top 14 for the winner, the Pro D2 for the loser. 80 minutes, and maybe a little more, to settle a family matter, a matter of honor. Only 4.769 kilometers – the title of a tasty documentary devoted to this never-ending rivalry – separate the two cities, Bayonne the proletarian and Biarritz the bourgeois. In any case, this is how the two camps portray themselves to justify their incessant bickering. A quarrel that finds its climax, its release, when the two rugby teams clash. For more than a century – Aviron was founded in 1904, BO in 1913 – we are white and blue or we are red and white. And the rugby players are the
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