The Rugby Football Union (RFU) Ban Transgender Women! On Friday, 29th July, The Rugby Football Union Council voted to ban transgender women from playing in Women's Rugby in England. This ruling is set to come into effect in August and will certainly be a setback to the six transgender women playing senior rugby union, many other trans players that were following behind and the numerous supportive rugby clubs and fans. The recently passed policy will "only permit players in the female category if the sex originally recorded at birth is female". In their statement, it was stated "The RFU Council has determined that until such time as new further peer-reviewed science is available, a precautionary approach is appropriate to ensure fair competition and safety of all competitors". The RFU also said it will be conducting more research: "RFU is committed to working with World Rugby and UK Sports Councils to ensure further research is conducted and to reviewing the policy on a regular basis."