Scottish Rugby amended the eligibility criteria on 24 January 2023 to its existing Gender Participation Policy. This will be applied from 1 February 2023.

The amended policy now aligns with the already published positions of other rugby union governing bodies in the UK and Ireland which follow guidance from World Rugby and the Sports Councils’ Equality Group (SCEG).

Previously, transgender women could participate in the women’s game in Scotland depending on the outcome of a thorough medical process including testosterone tests prior to registration to play.

The policy will be reviewed on, at least, an annual basis and in light of any new scientific data and research becoming available in the future.

Transgender men may continue to play contact rugby in the men’s category provided a risk assessment has been undertaken by the club in which the player is registered, and the outcome logged with Scottish Rugby.

Further information on the review process undertaken by Scottish Rugby and a number of other questions have been outlined in the Q&A document below.

Click HERE to read Scottish Rugby’s statement in full.

Gender Participation Policy

Gender Participation Policy Q&A

Transgender Participation Risk Assessment

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