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RFU and RFL ban transgender women playing female rugby

Transgender women will be banned from competing in female rugby union and rugby league under new policies approved by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Council and Rugby Football League (RFL) Board.

The RFU Council voted in favour of updating its gender participation policy for rugby union in England from the start of the 2022/23 season with 33 in favour, 26 against and two abstaining.

The policy change only permits players to participate in the female category of the sport, "if the sex originally recorded at birth is female."

Speaking about the decision, RFU President, His Honour Jeff Blackett said: "Inclusion is at the heart of rugby values and we will continue to work with everyone to keep listening, learning and finding ways to demonstrate there is a place for everyone in our game.

We know that many will be disappointed by this decision however, it has been based on all the scientific evidence available

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