World Rugby has recommended that transgender women do not play elite women’s rugby following a review.
New guidelines have been drawn up to cover the participation of transgender athletes in men’s and women’s contact rugby where it is possible to do so safely and fairly.
As a result, transgender men are permitted to participate in men’s contact rugby but the same does not apply to transgender women in women’s rugby.
“Given the best available evidence for the effects of testosterone reduction on these physical attributes for transgender women, it was concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against transwomen in contact rugby,” said a World Rugby statement.
Muscle mass makes this the only sensible outcome.
Do note the asymmetry too – it’s you possibly damaging others that matters. You want to put yourself at risk well, it is a contact sport. Thus F to M, your look out, M to F it’s the external effects that matter.
Prizes will be awarded for the spotting of the first claims of how transpohobic this decision is.