Ian Botham’s grandson signs first professional rugby deal

James Botham, grandson of England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, has signed his first senior contract with Cardiff Blues.

The back-row forward was joined by tight-head prop Keiron Assiratti and Shane Lewis-Hughes in signing first professional deals.

Wales Under-20s international Botham is the son of former Cardiff wing Liam.

Assiratti has played at all Wales age grades having graduated from Rhondda clubs Wattstown and Treorchy.

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