Sharron Davies slams women’s rights council who say ‘trans women are women’ after rugby ban

On Wednesday, the IRFU announced that it is to ban trans women and girls over the age of 12 from playing female contact rugby

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Sharron Davies has hit out a women’s rights council who claim that “trans women are women”.

It comes after the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) announced that it is to ban trans women and girls over the age of 12 from playing female contact rugby.

The rugby organisation said that two registered players are affected by the decision, which is to come into effect in the forthcoming season.

The IRFU said in a statement: “The new policy, which is in line with that of World Rugby, the RFU and other governing bodies, will mean that contact rugby for players in the female category is limited to those whose sex was recorded as female at birth.”

Sharron Davies
Sharron Davies
The IRFU is to ban trans women and girls over the age of 12 from playing female contact rugby
The IRFU is to ban trans women and girls over the age of 12 from playing female contact rugby

Following Wednesday's announcement, coalition “Trans Equality Together” released a statement condemning the ban.

Their statement read: “Trans Equality Together has condemned the IRFU’s decision to ban trans women and girls over the age of 12 from playing contact rugby and are calling on the IRFU to immediacy pause this damaging decision.

"Trans Equality Together is a coalition with to create an Ireland where trans people are equal, safe and valued."

Women’s rights council, “Women’s Council Ireland”, retweeted the statement before writing “trans women are women.Trans rights are human rights”.

Former Olympic swimmer Ms Davies then hit back, replying to their comments by saying: “They are banned from playing rugby with people who are female.

“It is dangerous and unfair.

"Trans women that’s trans women (males) are not banned from playing rugby.

“Just a category they don’t qualify for. Disgraceful agenda driven statement.

“You do not represent women!”