We have some anecdotal stories about rugby in these early years:
No official club as I remember. Played Rugby against the Cranwell (Brits) as part of a pick up team (I believe I was a 3rd Classman and allowed on the team eventhough the sponsors of the Brits were the 1st and 2nd classes.) Beat the Brits, I believe. Remember the field on which we played and minor details about the game. Also played against the Canadians a year later. Played for 17th Squadron for two seasons. Loved the game. Have not played since I left the Academy. Ted Sahd, Class of 63.
I played on the 7th Squadron intramural team for two years and coached for one year. I remember the game and the fact that we played it as a contact sport like football whereas they played it with more finesse like soccer resulting in some British blood loss. I thought we won. Wyman Harris 63
From Air Vice Marshal, Tony Mason: I can however shed some light on the 1960 game, from a member of the visit who also happened to be the fly half of the Cranwell 1st XV It was a no notice scratch “pickup” game arranged as one of a handful of different sports matches. Several of the Cranwell College team were on the visit, but none of them took part in the rugby, including my informant, now a retired 4*. The contest was short, and good humoured with the comparative superior skills of the visitors being partially offset by that traditional AFA ally: altitude. A Cranwell win is remembered, but no records appear to exist over here!