Scottish Rugby sparks backlash after banning trans women from contact rugby: ‘This is wrong’
The Scottish Rugby Union has announced a ban on trans women playing as part of women’s contact rugby teams, but insists “inclusion is a bedrock” of the game.
The updated gender participation policy will be applied from 1 February and means contact rugby for players in the women’s category will be limited to those “whose sex was recorded as female at birth”.
Previously trans women could participate in the women’s game in Scotland dependent on the outcome of a medical process, which included testosterone tests.
Trans men are still free to continue to play contact rugby in the men’s category once a “risk assessment” has been carried out.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Rugby Board said: “We fully acknowledge this is a difficult and sadly divisive societal issue, and