Cardiff Blues flanker James Botham is one of four players who could win a first cap for Wales this weekend when they take on Georgia at Parc y Scarlets in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Botham – grandson of legendary English cricketer Ian Botham – has been selected to start in the back row by Wales head coach Wayne Pivac alongside Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric and Dragons No.8 Aaron Wainwright.
He is joined in the starting XV by two fellow debutants in Scarlets scrum-half Kieran Hardy and centre Johnny Williams – who helped their side reach last season’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals before being edged out by RC Toulon.
The other player who could make his Wales debut this weekend is Bristol Bears fly-half Ioan Lloyd, who will win his first cap if he comes off the replacements’ bench.
Bristol return to the Heineken Champions Cup this season after winning the Challenge Cup last term and will face ASM Clermont Auvergne and Connacht Rugby in the pool stages.
His Bristol clubmate, Callum Sheedy, will make his second appearance for Wales on Saturday – as will Gloucester Rugby wing Louis Rees-Zammit.
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