Transgender

News (30 September 2021)

On 30 September 2021 the UK Sports Councils issued new guidance on transgender inclusion in sport. To read more on this Guidance click here.

Scottish Rugby will now consider the Guidance provided and will consider whether our current Transgender Policy requires to be amended in the light of it.


News (16 October 2020)

On 9 October 2020 our World Governing Body, World Rugby, announced a change to its guidelines on the participation of transgender players in international rugby. To read more on this click here.

World Rugby note that the changes being made follow a comprehensive and collaborative review process and are due to player safety considerations. One key change is that going forward transwomen will no longer be able to play in women's international rugby. World Rugby's policy does not preclude individual Unions from adopting a more flexible approach at the community levels of their game.

Participation in Rugby by Transgender Players

Scottish Rugby Union is committed to ensuring that rugby is a sport for all – without barriers, real or perceived. Scottish Rugby's policy in relation to the participation of Transgender players in the gender category of the sport with which they identify can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

The following details explain how we as an organisation address enquiries from Transgender players.

Policy Statement

Scottish Rugby is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all those participating in our sport. In doing so we will adopt inclusive policies to enable Transgender players to play in an environment which protects the wellbeing of all players and which promotes fair competition. The privacy and the dignity of Transgender players will be respected.

Everyone within the Scottish Rugby community will be made aware of our policies to promote the safety and wellbeing of those playing the game.

Key Principles

  • Primary responsibility for the health and wellbeing of each player lies with the individual player. In agreeing to participate players must take seriously the risk of injury to themselves and to others.
  • Scottish Rugby, and those governed by Scottish Rugby, will follow best practice in relation to the participation of Transgender players.
  • We believe that best practice is currently represented by the World Rugby Transgender Policy and the IOC Transgender Guidelines.
  • The principles contained within the World Rugby Policy and IOC Guidelines have been incorporated into Scottish Rugby’s Transgender Policy.
  • Transgender players wishing to participate in Scottish domestic rugby shall do so on the basis of Scottish Rugby’s Transgender Policy. Additional requirements may arise in respect of participation in international tournaments. 
  • The welfare and safety of the player is paramount. The dignity and privacy of Transgender players must be respected.

Contact details

Transgender players seeking permission to play in the category of competition consistent with their gender identity should contact Scottish Rugby's Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson, at [email protected] or 0131 346 5000.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for or have a specific query on Scottish Rugby's Transgender Policy please contact Scottish Rugby's Head of Regulation, Graham Ireland, at [email protected] or 07764 178932.

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