5. Jamie Bhatti – Scotland
Bhatti built his solid frame outside the conventional confines of the gym. The Glasgow Warrior once spent five years lugging around cow carcasses as part of his job as a slaughterman.
‘Poor cows, man,’ he told the BBC. ‘Standing killing cows all day. I’ll have killed 100,000 cows and I remember thinking at the time, ‘I can’t be in here for the rest of my days. I just can’t be’.’
From the abattoir to the Test arena, via a job as a doorman at Dusk nightclub in Stirling, the 25-year-old will hope to make a dent in this year’s campaign after earning his Scotland recall.