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Sir Ian Botham's grandson James earns rugby call-up for Wales

Sir Ian Botham’s grandson James earns rugby international call-up for WALES as Wayne Pivac’s side search for much-needed Autumn Nations Cup win against Georgia on Saturday

  • James Botham has been called up to Wales’ Autumn Nations cup squad this week
  • The Cardiff Blues flanker is the grandson of England cricket legend Sir Ian
  • Wayne Pivac’s side are looking for a much-needed win over Georgia on Saturday 

Sir Ian Botham’s grandson James has earned his first senior international call-up – for Wales.

The Cardiff Blues flanker, 22, who was born in the Welsh capital while father Liam played on the wing for Cardiff RFC will join Wayne Pivac’s squad ahead of the Georgia match this Saturday.

Botham played for Wales’ under-18s and under-20s sides having been educated at Sedburgh School, who produced the likes of Will Greenwood and Will Carling.

James Botham (above) grandson of cricketer Sir Ian, has received a rugby call-up for Wales

James’ grandfather Sir Ian (above) is a cricket legend for the England national team

Scarlets wing Johnny McNicholl, 30, is also back in the updated squad – the four-cap winger made his Welsh debut in February and is back from an ankle injury.

Wales will make significant changes for the Georgia match in Llanelli this Saturday in the Autumn Nations Cup, despite having lost six in a row. 

They are still waiting for news on Jonathan Davies, who injured his knee against Ireland during the 32-9 defeat. 

Botham has been called up by Wayne Pivac (above) for Saturday’s clash with Georgia

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