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Glasgow to lose Bhatti to Edinburgh - reports

Then Glasgow Warriors prop Jamie Bhatti

Glasgow prop Jamie Bhatti is set for a move to Edinburgh at the end of the season – according to a report in the Sunday Times.

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The prop is thought to be a lack of game time this season, having started just three matches this season.

He earned a one-year extension last year but appears to have fallen out of favour in Dave Rennie’s setup.

The 25-year-old made his international debut against Samoa in November 2017 and took part in every game as Scotland finished third in the 2018 Six Nations.

Bhatti was called into the Glasgow squad following a rash of injuries, leaving a job as a slaughterhouse worker. He described how days at the slaughterhouse refined his determination to make it at the highest level.

“In the beginning, I was in the packing room, packing the meat, but then they put me through my licence to do the killing,” Bhatti told BBC Sport.

“I was on the sheep slaughter line for a while and then I got put over on the cattle side. That was seen as a step up. For my last two years, I slaughtered cattle.

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“Three of us done it. The same thing all day long from six in the morning.

“Dire. Poor cows, man. 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’.”

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Jon 47 minutes ago
Sam Cane was unfairly cast in Richie McCaw's shadow for too long

> McCaw’s durability and sustained excellence were unique, but we seemed to believe his successors were cut from the same cloth. It’s easy to forget McCaw was just as heavily critiqued for the last two years of his career. The only real difference was his captaining criticisms and his playing criticisms happened at different times, where Cane was criticized for a few things in both areas for all of his last 4 years. This was also heavily influenced by another McCaw esque presence, in Ardie Savea, being in the team and pushed out of his original position. It could be said we essentially didn’t have the 3 prior years with Ardie as world player of the year because he was changing into this new role. I say “original” position as despite him never coming out and saying his desire is to perform his role from, that I know of, clearly as part of a partnership with Cane as 7, I don’t think this was because he really wanted Cane’s playing spot. I think it most likely that it comes down to poor All Black management that those sort of debates weren’t put to bed as being needless and irrelevant. It has been brought up many times in past few months of discussions on articles here at RP, that early calls in WC cycles, to say pigeonhole an All Black team into being required to have a physical dynamo on defence at 7 (and ballplyaer at 8 etc) are detrimental. In the end we did not even come up against a team that threw large bodies at us relentlessly, like why we encountered in the 2019 WC semi final, at all in this last WC. Even then they couldn’t see the real weakness was defending against dynamic attacks (which we didn’t want to/couldn’t give 2019 England credit for) like the Twickenham Boks, and Irish and French sides (even 10 minutes of an English onslaught) that plagued our record and aura the last 4 years. It really is a folly that is the All Blacks own creation, and I think it pure luck, and that Cane was also such a quality All Black, that he was also became an integral part of stopping the side from getting run off the park. Not just rampaged. > The hushed tones, the nods of approval, the continued promotion of this nonsense that these men are somehow supernatural beings. I bet this author was one of those criticizing Cane for coming out and speaking his mind in defence of his team that year. Despite the apparent hypocrisy I agree with the sentiment, but I can only see our last captain as going down the same road his two prior captains, Read and McCaw, have gone. I am really for Cane becoming an extra member to each squad this year, June, RC, and November tours, and he is really someone I can see being able to come back into the role after 3 seasons in Japan. As we saw last year, we would have killed for someone of his quality to have been available rather than calling on someone like Blackadder. Just like the Boks did for 2023.

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