Players were frequently unavailable because of their military duties, no player appearing in every game. Spitfire pilot Frank Crist came closest with 17 appearances. Normally a lock forward, and named as such in the match programme, he apparently played on the wing against South African Services, a dramatic role change. He was back in the forwards when the sides met again a fortnight later.
Among the New Zealand forwards in this match was 1934-38 All Black flanker Rod McKenzie who played eleven games for the club in 1944-45. He and fellow New Zealander Eric Grant played two wartime internationals for Scotland against England at Leicester on February 24 1945, when one of their opponents was another NZ Services player Morrie Goddard. Each of the three scored a try in the match, won 18 – 11 by Scotland, and they all played in the return match at Murrayfield.
Nov. 11 1944 v South African Services at Richmond. Lost – 8–11. J H Macdonald and M P Goddard tries. J H Macdonald conversion.