Rugby Coach Calls for Ban on Transgender Players After Three Female Athletes Injured in One Match
Guam’s High School Rugby league kicked off another season last weekend and concerns arose quickly from families, coaches, and players about a transgender competitor.
Three Tiyan High School female rugby athletes were injured by a transgender player from Guam High.
In response to the incident, Conrad Kerber, the head coach for both Tiyan Boys and Girls Rugby teams, called out the league to address the concerns.
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Kuam News reported:
“The aggressive nature that was witnessed clearly showed that it’s a definite issue that we have to deal with,” he said. “I had three players that were injured in that first game against Guam High directly by that particular player. Right now, we just have to come together as a group and discuss the proper path to take, discuss what the parameters are with allowing transgender males in full contact sports such as rugby.”
Although no official decision has been made and while discussions are ongoing, Kerber hopes the league will adopt the “World Rugby Law” Transgender Guideline which states that “transgender women may not currently play women’s rugby because of the size, force- and power-producing advantages conferred by testosterone during puberty and adolescence, and the resultant player welfare risks serious injuries.”“Body size, body strength, and the ability to apply force with that size and strength completely dominate any girl that I have on my team,” Kerber said.
Kuam News aired this video report:
Should transgender athletes be allowed to participate in female sports? It’s an issue that’s making international headlines, and that very issue arose right here on Guam, as the island’s high school rugby league kicked off another season – with concerns surfacing from families along with coaches and players about a transgender player from the Home of the Panthers after three Tiyan High competitors were injured during a match.
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