Botham joins Wales squad for South Africa Test

Wales have added versatile flanker James Botham to their squad for their one-off Test against South Africa in London on Saturday, officials have confirmed.

The 26-year-old grandson of former England cricket great Ian Botham, 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.

Botham’s last cap for Wales was in the 2024 Six Nations opening-round defeat against Scotland in Cardiff. During the game Botham suffered a knee injury.

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.

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