Until additional investigation, rugby league prohibits trans women from international contests.

Trans women are banned from international rugby league until the global governing body reviews.

Trans women cannot play in sanctioned women's matches until “further research” is done, according to the IRL. Rugby league leaders will finalize a “trans women inclusion policy” by 2023.

The IRL said that male-to-female [trans women] players cannot compete in sanctioned women's international rugby league matches until more study is done.

This implies trans women will be barred from the October and November Women's Rugby League World Cup. All trans women are banned from rugby union by the IRL and World Rugby.

"The IRL is reviewing and updating transgender participation rules in women's international rugby league and will use the World Cup to develop a comprehensive inclusion policy," it stated.

IRL said “several relevant developments in world sport” affected its judgment, including the International Olympic Committee saying each sport federation must consider if athletes “may be at a disproportionate advantage compared with their peers”.

The new rules double the time trans women must report low testosterone levels from one to two years and half the maximum testosterone level.

The IRL cited “several relevant developments in world sport” after the International Olympic Committee said each sport federation must evaluate if athletes “may be at a disproportionate advantage compared with their peers”.

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