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Earlier this week, it was reported that the England Rugby Union had recommended that transgender players should not play in women’s rugby, leaving such games only open to players “registered as female at birth”. Therefore, the recommendation of the board of the Fédération du jeu à XV (RFU) was submitted for a vote. The latter therefore took place today, resulting in 33 votes in favor and 26 against, with two abstentions.
Following these results, the English Rugby Union and Rugby League Federations have indicated that they will ban male-born transgender people from participating in women’s competitions from next season. The rules have been changed so that only women born can participate in these games. Scientific elements were put forward in the RFU’s press release to justify this decision.
“Studies have provided evidence that the physical differences between male and female born players and the strength, endurance and physical gains of testosterone and male puberty are ‘significant’ and persist even after testosterone is suppressed.”
However, the federation’s president, Geoff Blackett, insisted that the inclusion had taken place “heart of rugby values” and that his organization will continue to work to demonstrate “that there is a place for everyone in our game”.
The Rugby Football League Board, which is responsible for playing XIII, has also approved the measure, which will come into effect in August and will be reviewed in November 2024.
A recommendation for a vote to bar transgender women from playing in a women’s rugby match was presented to the game’s federation board at XV. The latter therefore took place today, resulting in 33 votes in favor and 26 against, with two abstentions.
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