French rugby gives green light to transgender women

French rugby believe the game should be “an inclusive, sharing sport, without distinction of sex, gender, origin or religion”. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) is going against World Rugby guidelines and will allow transgender women to play women’s rugby next season.

World Rugby said last year that after considerable research, it concluded “that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”.

However, it added that it would be up to individual national federations to rule on whether to enforce the policy at grassroot levels.

France have seized on that, voting unanimously to allow transgender women to get involved in rugby.

The FFR do have some restrictions, saying transgender women “must certify that they have been on hormonal treatment for at least 12 months” and “must not exceed the testosterone threshold of 5 nanomole/litre”.

That means transgender women still transitioning can also be allowed to play women’s rugby.

“Rugby is an inclusive, sharing sport, without distinction of sex, gender, origin or religion,” FFR vice president Serge Simon said.

“The FFR is against all forms of discrimination and works daily to ensure that everyone can exercise their free will in rugby without constraint.”

The FFR is the first national federation in France to allow transgender women to take part in elite sport.

 

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