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https://twitter.com/fairplaywomen/status/1314597671693422592

World Rugby has set new guidelines which recommend against transwomen playing at the elite and international level, given the size and strength differences and the evidence that it poses a significantly increased risk of injury. You can read the guidelines in full, as well as some very reasonable responses to the most common questions, from the linked tweet.

This is a huge relief, especially given the disappointing recent decision by other sports organizations to prioritize transwomen's validation over women's safety: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/oct/01/afl-rugby-and-other-australian-sports-set-guidelines-for-inclusion-of-trans-athletes

Progress can happen!

https://twitter.com/fairplaywomen/status/1314597671693422592 World Rugby has set new guidelines which recommend against transwomen playing at the elite and international level, given the size and strength differences and the evidence that it poses a significantly increased risk of injury. You can read the guidelines in full, as well as some very reasonable responses to the most common questions, from the linked tweet. This is a huge relief, especially given the disappointing recent decision by other sports organizations to prioritize transwomen's validation over women's safety: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/oct/01/afl-rugby-and-other-australian-sports-set-guidelines-for-inclusion-of-trans-athletes Progress can happen!

17 comments

[–] itsnotaboutewe 19 points (+20|-1)

This is not a win. It only excludes men from the elite level of the sport and allows community level to make their own rules. This means that at entry level rugby women and girls will be playing against males and their resulting injuries will make sure they drop out before they get to the elite, protected levels of the sport. You cannot foster a love of women's sport when at the lowest level you are shown how unfair it is as it prioritises the feeling of men, who should not be in there, over the safety of women who the sport was set up for. Not a win.

[–] badfaithdragon 8 points (+8|-0)

Seriously, this is still tragic. I used to play rugby recreationally as the only girl on a team full of boys because there was no girls team available. Now, there are girls teams but they aren't going to be safe either. This makes me feel so sad for other girls, who like me, are going to be softly forced out of the sport - difference is I had to quit around 11/12 because you weren't allowed to be female on a boys team and there just wasn't a girls team, now the girls teams will be full of males and no girl can do anything about it. It's already a hard enough sport to get into. This is just another hit to discourage girls from rugby. This is a completely unfair test for girls - if a girl wants to progress into the higher levels of rugby, she'll have to stick it out in the dangerous community levels. I'm disappointed.