English Premiership side Harlequins named their starting XV for a pre-season friendly against Jersey Reds earlier but it was something peculiar about the list of replacements which caught the eye of many fans.
Instead of referring to their substitutes as the commonly used “replacements” term, Harlequins decided to turn it up a notch and call them “game changers.”
The novel term has not gone down well on Twitter with many fans ridiculing the seemingly strange decision to stray from the “substitutes” or “replacement” norms.
So what are known almost universally as “replacements” in rugby union have been called “finishers” and now our friends at @Harlequins have called them “game changers.” Anyone think they have a better description for the bench warmers?
— Jason Harris (@LargeRugby) August 10, 2018
Fully expect Harlequins' dubbing of their subs as 'game changers' to result in someone else naming theirs 'the cavalry'.
This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but a bandwagon. #GallagherPrem
— Ali Stokes (@alistokesmedia) August 10, 2018
It will be interesting to see if any of the Harlequins “game changers” actually do come off the bench and change the game but it’s certainly difficult to see the new term catching on.
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