Scottish rugby chiefs are to ban biological males from full contact female matches after conceding that their previous “trans-inclusive” rules were dangerous.
A new policy, to be introduced next week, will bring Scotland into line with England, Ireland and Wales, where the participation of trans females in women’s games has already been stopped due to safety fears.
A review carried out by the federation found that transgender women had “retained advantages in strength, stamina and physique” compared to “the average cis-gender [non-trans] woman”.
Biological males could previously participate in competitive female games in Scotland if they took female hormones.
However, a committee set up to review the policy found that “testosterone suppression does not negate this physical advantage over cis-gender women and so cannot guarantee competitive fairness and safety”.