Trans player threatens to sue women's rugby for banning biological males

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England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) is now facing a legal challenge to their ban on biological males playing in female divisions, with one transgender female player claiming that the new rules discriminate against fellow trans athletes in the sport.

According to the Telegraph Sport, the London-based law firm Russell Cooke has brought forth a pre-action protocol letter, which the outlet describes as a “a legal document written to resolve a dispute before court proceedings are commenced,” on behalf of Julie Curtiss following the union’s enactment of the ban in July.

Curtiss is one of seven registered transgender women in the country that are no longer allowed to play on women’s teams following the ban.

In 2019, one biological male player on a British women’s rugby team was noted to have folded opponents “like a deck chair.” Kelly Morgan was nicknamed “beast” by teammates, and coaches joked that it would be nice if Morgan could stop injuring teammates during practice.

Curtiss claims that the sport’s governing body “discriminates against her on the basis of her gender reassignment protected characteristic under Section 7 of the Equality Act 2010,” according to the Telegraph Sport.

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