Scottish Rugby Union is committed to ensuring that rugby is a sport for all – without barriers, real or perceived. We welcome applications to play from trans-gender players and have set up an internal process in order to address such applications fairly and sensitively.
The following details explain how we address gender identity enquiries.
The World Rugby has issued two medical policies relating to Gender Identity issues. These policies cover:
The UK Sports Councils have developed guidance for national governing bodies of sport on transsexual people and competitive sport. This guidance can be found here and includes the following ten‐point action plan which provides a framework for NGBs to help them remove barriers to transsexual people playing competitive sport:
Scottish Rugby supports the action plan set out by the UK Sports Councils.
Scottish Rugby has adopted World Rugby’s gender identity policies on GID and DSD into its own domestic regulations (as set out within the Scottish Rugby “Policy on Gender Identity Issues”). All players within the Scottish Rugby Union’s jurisdiction subject to GID or DSD are required to comply with this domestic Regulation.
Further detail on our domestic regulation can be found in our Policy on Gender Identity Issues.
Individuals subject to GID or DSD should apply to Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer for permission to play. All such applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and shall be considered in accordance with Scottish Rugby’s Policy on Gender Identity Issues.
If you can't find the information you're looking for or have a specific query on Gender Identity issues please contact Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson, at email@example.com 0131 346 5152.