For the Top 14/Pro D2 play-off between Bayonne and Biarritz on Saturday (5.30pm), Aviron Bayonnais posted three significant returns. In his final game of the season with close neighbor Biarritz, Bayonne scores the return of opener Maxime Lavage, winger Joe Rafovo and midfielder Malietwa Hingano. All three are expected to be pregnant. However, Basque coaches must deal with a half-scrum deal for Michael Roro, victim of a dislocated knee on Saturday against Stade Français. The New Zealander will be out for ten to twelve months. Guillaume Rouet will fill the position at Aguilera
Biarritz, for its part, will have a full range at Hendaye. Derby changes habits. Working with a tight group since the start of the final stages, the Biarritz crew has moved all of their healthy players to Hendaye, where BO is green before returning to Bayonne on Saturday. Among them is opening half Elian Bero, a concussion victim against Perpignan but who has successfully passed neurological tests. Second player Yohan Aliouat missed, however, with a toe problem, but should be able to tackle rowing.