The Big Game has become a festive tradition for Harlequins and the Aviva Premiership – Quins head next door to Twickenham to host one of their league rivals for a festival of rugby in front of a huge crowd that also benefits a good cause.
It’s also become a tradition for Quins to mark the occasion with a special charity jersey that they wear for the game and this year is no different (this year they’ll be pitting it against Saints and their er, lovely, neon number).
For the last few seasons, Adidas has been Harlequins’ kit supplier, and they’ve always taken the Big Game Jersey as an opportunity to get creative and modern, design-wise. This year is no different.
Black has been the colour of choice for Big Game jerseys for the last few years, but this year’s design is accented with a striking harlequin diamond graphic on the front of the jersey.
The four shaded diamonds are four of the quins core colours – red, grey, brown and black, while the fifth colour, green, provides accents. It’s certainly a bit different, and works well with the red accents on the sleeves and stripes.
Unusually, Quins aren’t debuting this shirt for the Big Game – in addition they’ve also been using the Charity shirt as an away jersey in European Cup matches, meaning that not only does this striking design get more use than it would normally, but also gives more exposure to the Harlequins Foundation charity – a nice touch.