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MP hits out at Scottish rugby chiefs over trans policy as other UK nations change rules

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Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi has hit out at Scotland Rugby after allowing trans players to compete in full-contact matches with biological women and girls.

Scotland is the only country in the UK that allows transgender women to compete in full-contact rugby. As a result governing bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland stipulate that only players born female can compete in women’s matches.

As a result, Scotland’s decision has been scrutinised by Antoniazzi, who believes it could lead to more serious injuries. Antoniazzi herself is a former rugby player, having been capped nine caps for her country Wales as a prop forward.

On the matter, the MP for Gower said: “We're talking about a high impact sport, with full-blooded games. You cannot just apply the mantra of 'being kind' or that trans women are women to rugby – it has to be sex segregated. “The fact that there are trans women in Scotland playing women's rugby I find absolutely appalling.

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