Guam's high school rugby league opened its season on Saturday, April 9. In one game played at Tiyan High School, three female rugby players from the home team were injured by a transgender player from the visiting Guam High School.
In light of this incident, Conrad Kerber, who coaches both the girls and boys teams for Tiyan High School, is calling for the league to listen to the concerns of coaches, athletes and parents over the participation of transgender people in the sport. (Related: As study confirms trans athletes have unfair advantages, university gives prize to trans athlete.)
"The aggressive nature that was witnessed clearly showed that it's a definite issue that we have to deal with," said Kerber. "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 athletes] in full contact sports such as rugby."
World Rugby, the main governing body for rugby union leagues, has data proving that it is dangerous for female players to take part in a game involving transgender athletes.
In one study, World Rugby found that female players who were tackled by male-to-female transgender athletes were 20 to 30 percent more at risk of experiencing an injury. This is because male-to-female transgender players were, on average, between 25 to 50 percent stronger, around 30 percent more powerful, 40 percent heavier and 15 percent faster than their female counterparts.
?Guam: 3 female athletes were injured in a Rugby game by a transgender athlete who was “aggressive in nature.”
The head coach says “body size, body strength.. completely dominate any girl that I have on my team”
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Guam's high school rugby league has yet to adopt the "World Rugby Law" drafted by World Rugby, the main governing body for rugby union leagues.
Kerber is hoping that Guam's high school rugby league will adopt the "World Rugby Law," which has guidelines preventing the participation of male-to-female transgender athletes. The law states: "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," said Kerber.
The coach added that adopting the rule is a matter of preventing female athletes from experiencing serious injuries.
"It has to do purely with the size, force and strength disadvantage that transgender [females] will have over [biological] females in this type of sport," said Kerber.
Some teams have already voluntarily adopted bans against transgender athletes participating in their rugby teams. The rugby coaches at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, a private all-girls high school, unanimously agreed to enforce the World Rugby Law following the incident between Tiyan High and Guam High.
As to the state of his injured athletes, Kerber said they are expected to fully recover.
"My players will get through it and heal," said Kerber. "We will use these next two weeks so that we can heal properly."
Read up on the latest issues surrounding transgender athletes by reading the latest articles at GenderConfused.com.
Watch this clip from InfoWars as host Alex Jones breaks down a clip from the "Joe Rogan Experience" where Rogan said male-to-female transgender athletes playing against women is an assault on women's sports.