Biarritz have been boosted by a second cash injection in a month by local authorities to help the side avoid further woes next season.
Biarritz number eight Raphaël Lakafia is out for four to six weeks after a training ground incident led to a mass brawl.
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Bayonne president Alain Afflelou said he was open to the idea of a merger with Top 14 rivals Biarritz ahead of next season.
Chris Pennell will start at full-back in Thursday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Biarritz Olympique after signing a new contract.
Sale have benched Danny Cipriani for their Amlin Challenge Cup game against Biarritz and instead go for youngster Joe Ford at 10.
Stone-last Biarritz are facing desperate times as they host Perpignan in Friday's Top 14 clash at Parc des Sports d'Aguilera.
English and French clubs are to form a new breakaway competition next season after talks about continuing the Heineken Cup ended.
Stade Français moved to the top of the Top 14 standings after registering a 38-3 victory over Biarritz in Paris on Friday.
With the Rugby Championship taking a week off after two pulsating rounds, our focus this week is on the best of the action from France....
Veteran French internationals Yannick Jauzion and Jérôme Thion have announced they are calling time on their respective careers.
The Top 14 transfer window closed at midnight on Saturday with a handful of last-minute announcements made in France.
Two of rugby's long-standing heavyweights clash on Saturday as Heineken Cup holders Leinster tackle European mainstays Biarritz.
Wales fly-half James Hook racked up 23 points as Perpignan defeated Biarritz 33-28 at the Stade Aimé-Giral on Sunday.
Biarritz hooker Benoit August is planning to retire at the end of the season, the Top 14 heavyweight side announced on Saturday.
Biarritz have placed their whole first-team squad in quarantine for a week after an outbreak of mumps.
Mike Tindall returns to the Gloucester starting line-up to face Biarritz Olympique in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final.