Women’s rugby and the RFU decision

Ball, Rugby, Field, Grass, Rugby Ball, Sport, PlayWe are dismayed and perplexed by the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) decision to ignore scientific evidence and allow transwomen to compete in women’s club rugby in England.

World Rugby’s recent decision to prevent transwomen competing at elite level in the women’s game was based on detailed research and evidence of the increased risk of serious physical injury to women.

Research shows that even if transwomen lower their testosterone to the recommended level, they retain the physical advantages that going through male puberty confers.

The lifelong mass, weight and speed differential between males and females is stark; biological males are stronger by 25% to 50%, are 30% more powerful, 40% heavier, and about 15% faster than biological females.

We believe in the importance of women’s participation in sport at all levels. Allowing transwomen to compete against women completely undermines the fundamental principle of fairness and puts women at risk of physical harm on the pitch.

We urge the Welsh Rugby Union to protect the integrity of the women’s game in Wales by following the evidence as set out by World Rugby.