According to Robert Frost, "Nature is a Chaos, Humanity is a Ruck." He wasn't writing about rugby, but Jake wasn't entirely sure the first time he read it. In this episode, the brothers recap the Women's World Cup and consider the All Blacks second win of the season over Australia. Jake is already getting wound up about the Saracens v Newcastle match coming up in Philadelphia, so he is trying to get Ethan equally as excited, though that's no small thing. In the middle of it all, Jake announces his desire for a song for American fans to sing at USA matches. Suggestions welcome!
There is a lot for the brothers to catch up on after the longer-than-expected hiatus. Top of Jake's list is the Women's Rugby World Cup and the USA Eagles looming semi-final. Ethan's list of what to talk about was notably short, having drifted away from rugby-thoughts during the hiatus. MLR, The Rugby Championship, and the USA Club 7s Championships all come up as Jake tries to catch Ethan up and blow life into the embers of Ethan's "real fan" status.
Both brothers share their reactions to the Crusaders v Hurricanes Super Rugby match. Jake also has some USA-related news for Ethan, and Ethan once again shares how well he did in working out how to watch an HSBC 7s tournament without seeing the scores first.
Ethan keeps asking Jake, "Why does that thing happen?" Or, "Why doesn't this other thing I think should happen actually happen?" The framework for this week's round of Ethan's questions was Quins v Wasps and some of Jaguars v Sharks. The brothers differ about which match was the more interesting of the pair. Jake is also excited about watching two college rugby championship matches this coming weekend, and Ethan is genuinely curious about what his own reaction will be.
Conventional Wisdom--at least according to Jake--held that the Munster v Saracens semi-final was a kick-fest that lacked flair. Ethan's reaction showed the power of being unaware of Conventional Wisdom. This episode is more evidence that Ethan isn't getting sucked into off-field story lines and what can happen when all a fan pays attention to is what happens on the pitch for 80 minutes.
Ethan definitely likes March Madness, and he had the chance to compare the experience of watching college basketball and rugby. The rugby he watched was two Saracens' matches--one against Bath and one against Glasgow. Jake also sent him a couple highlights of college rugby, which provides more meat for the episodes. Having watched part of the second match of the recent women's Can-Am series, Ethan also asks Jake's thoughts on the support women's rugby receives.
In addition to enjoying the fifteens from Allianz Park, Ethan is excited for the Hong Kong 7s. Unsurprisingly, Jake is also excited. Ethan's excitement, though, is a direct consequence of having watched the USA men's team play well in Las Vegas and Vancouver. It is easier to root for and get excited about a winner, and the USA 7s men can win any match they play.
Speaking of Chris Ashton and the Wasps v Leinster match, swan dives came up. Jake confused Ollie le Roux with Willie le Roux. Oops. The dream of every winger is to be confused with a prop, as we know.
Some swan dive classics.
A bit of Chris Ashton.
I have looked to try and find an answer to Ethan's question about why a box kick is called a box kick. So far, I have not found anything beyond my own theories. Anyone with knowledge of who started calling a box kick a box kick, when, and precisely why? Let us know.