France snubs World Rugby’s guidlines on transgender athletes

Franc Rugby has gone against the guidance of World Rugby who recommends that transgender female athletes should not play in any women’s elite tournaments for safety reasons.

The French Rugby Federation has announced that they will let transgender people be part of all their domestic competitions starting next season.

Last year, World Rugby announced their official word on the issues regarding transgender women playing in women’s rugby, stating that they should not play in any elite or international women’s game for safety reasons.

However, these guidelines by World Rugby are only recommendations and are not binding laws on any national union in their own domestic competitions.

“Rugby is an inclusive, sharing sport, without distinction of sex, gender, origin or religion,” said Serge Simon, the vice-president of the French rugby federation.

“It is important to allow all our members to practice their passion while respecting everyone’s rights.”

With France set to host the Rugby World Cup in two years said “benevolent and resolute signal that respect for minorities is an irrefutable right in our sport”.

They confirmed that transgender people “physically reassigned and recognized in their current gender” can play in all its official competitions.

Although this also means that people who have transitioned to their new sexual identity will need to provide proof that their civil record has changed said the federation.

Transgender people transitioning from male to female should also demonstrate that they have been undergoing hormonal treatment for at least 12 months.