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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.

[–] littleowl12 8 points (+8|-0)

I don't know much about the business end of it- will this be a deterrent for coaches and divisions for investing in a TIM they can't bring to the big games anyway?

[–] itsnotaboutewe 8 points (+8|-0)

The community level teams don't have the resources to keep men out of their teams. They can't fight legal challenges and they don't want to be labelled 'transphobic'. These teams will have no choice but to accept men in their sport to the detriment of women and girls. Imagine the huge 14 year old boys playing against the tiny teen girls. There will be no community level women able to rise up the ranks against men so there will be no women for the elite level to choose from.

[–] thedarkhorse 3 points (+3|-0)

Hopefully they will get some legal challenges from women and girls.