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Welsh Rugby Union bans trans women from competing in female category

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Trans women have been banned from competing in the category that aligns with their gender identity by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

The new policy was enacted after a vote by the WRU board on 7 September – despite there being no openly trans players in professional Welsh women’s rugby. “Contact rugby for players in the female category is limited to those whose sex was recorded as female at birth,” the guidance states.

A statement from the WRU acknowledged the change in its policy, which previously “allowed for participation in women’s game for transgender women” after the outcome of a medical process was determined.

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