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James Botham to make Wales debut against Georgia with Louis Rees-Zammit set for first start


Flanker James Botham, grandson of Lord Ian, to cap remarkable rise by making Wales debut against Georgia with Louis Rees-Zammit set for first start in Autumn Nations Cup clash

  • Cardiff Blues flanker Botham had been called up to the squad on Tuesday
  • The 22-year-old is the grandson of England cricket legend Lord Ian
  • Botham’s father Liam also played professional rugby in both codes
  • Wales are looking for a much-needed win over Georgia on Saturday 

James Botham will make his Welsh debut against Georgia having only joined the squad on Tuesday, as Louis Rees-Zammit is set for a first start.

Botham, 22, the grandson of cricket legend Lord Ian, was pulled out of Cardiff Blues’ match on Monday night against Benetton to be drafted into Wayne Pivac’s side.

And with Wales still waiting for the injured Josh Navidi, concussion, and Ross Moriarty, ankle, to return Botham is ready for a first shot this Saturday on the strength of two training sessions this week.

Cardiff Blues flanker James Botham (above) joined up with the Wales squad on Tuesday

Cardiff Blues flanker James Botham (above) joined up with the Wales squad on Tuesday

Botham, who previously trained with Wales during the Six Nations, has been in fine form for the Blues this year but a first cap would complete a remarkable rise as he has only played 13 professional matches.

Pivac has promised multiple changes for the next Autumn Nations Cup match and it is understood that as George North has been released to play for the Ospreys this weekend flying wing Rees-Zammit is primed to start.

The 19-year-old Gloucester wing made his debut in Paris against France but sat out the games against Scotland and Ireland with a shin problem.

The 22-year-old is the grandson of England cricket legend Lord Ian Botham (above)

The 22-year-old is the grandson of England cricket legend Lord Ian Botham (above)

But – much to many Welsh fans’ delight – he is to be given a chance to shine this Saturday in Llanelli.

Elsewhere Callum Sheedy, the Bristol fly-half, is likely to be handed the No 10 jersey for the Georgia match.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a strong Premiership season for the Bears and looks to be the future Welsh playmaker as Pivac tries to implement a more open, attacking style of play.

Wayne Pivac's side are looking for a much-needed win over Georgia on Saturday

Wayne Pivac’s side are looking for a much-needed win over Georgia on Saturday

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