Rugby-Wales call on Botham for test against Springboks


  • Rugby
  • Monday, 17 Jun 2024

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Autumn Nations Cup - Wales v Georgia - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales, Britain - November 21, 2020 Wales' James Botham Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

(Reuters) - Wales have added versatile loose-forward James Botham to their squad for their one-off test against South Africa in London on Saturday, officials have confirmed.

Botham, 26, the grandson of former England cricket great Ian, could get the chance to add to his 10 international caps despite having been left out of coach Warren Gatland’s original selection.

He can play anywhere across the back row of the scrum and made his debut in 2020 but has been in and out of the side since.

Wales now have 38 players in camp ahead of the clash with the world champion Springboks, with that number to be cut to 34 for a two-test tour in Australia in July.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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