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Welsh Rugby Union updates policy, bars transgender women from female rugby

The Welsh Rugby Union followed other governing bodies in banning transgender women from playing full-contact female rugby.

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Trans hatred in sports.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) followed other governing bodies in banning transgender women from playing full-contact female rugby.

In a statement, WRU stated that what it is doing is “in line with World Rugby guidance”, following in the footsteps of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and that the move is “based on the best current medical and scientific evidence”.

As if to cushion itself from claims of transphobia, WRU added: “With the provision of non-contact formats of the game, coaching, refereeing and a wide range of volunteering opportunities, the WRU firmly believes there is a place for everyone in Welsh rugby and works hard and proactively on the vitally important area of inclusion throughout the game in Wales.”

As such, the WRU committed to an ongoing review of the policy as new evidence, research and insights become available.

To date, there are no registered transgender players in the Welsh women’s game.

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