World Rugby set to introduce 'rugby-specific' transgender policy differing from Olympic stance

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World Rugby are set to introduce a 'rugby-specific' transgender policy which will differ from the one outlined by the International Olympic Committee.

Rugby's governing body used to follow the IOC's guidelines, but will now change the policy to tailor it to their sport.

The current IOC policy says that athletes transitioning from a man to a woman have to suppress their testosterone levels.

But the decision for rugby to make a change comes after a two-day conference that brought together experts in the field as well as current and former rugby players.

Following the workshop, World Rugby wants to create 'rugby-specific framework, prioritising welfare, inclusion and fairness'.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said in a statement: "We are committed to delivering a fit-for-purpose policy in the modern sporting and societal landscape, balancing inclusivity, while promoting fairness and welfare."

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