International Rugby League Bans Transgender Women From Women’s International Matches Until Inclusion Policy is Implemented

International Rugby League Bans Transgender Women From Women’s International Matches Until Inclusion Policy is Implemented


The International Rugby League (IRL) announced that transgender women will not be permitted to play in women’s international rugby competitions, for now.

The IRL instituted the ban while the organization conducts research to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy.

“Until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy, male-to-female (transwomen) players are unable to play in sanctioned women’s international rugby league matches,” the announcement noted.

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“It is the IRL’s responsibility to balance the individual’s right to participate – a long-standing principle of rugby league and at its heart from the day it was established – against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure all are given a fair hearing,” the statement added.

Cont. from the IRL statement:

The IRL

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