Transgender women banned from playing in women's international rugby league matches

The global governing body for rugby league has banned transgender women from playing in women's international matches until further notice.

Transgender swimmers were on Sunday banned from women's elite races if they have gone through male puberty.

The International Rugby League joins a growing list of governing bodies that have recently restricted male-to-female players.

Until further research is completed on transgender policy, male-to-female players are unable to play.

The ban comes after FINA voted on Sunday to restrict transgender athletes in elite women's swimming.

The ban will be in place for the Rugby League World Cup, which begins in England on October 15.

Other sports have policies restricting transgender athletes in top women's competitions, including rugby union, cycling, and Australian Rules football.

The Olympic Committee said, that no athlete should be excluded from the competition on the grounds of perceived unfair advantage.

Transgender said,  We're human beings the same as everyone else," transgender woman Caroline Layt, who played elite women's rugby league in Australia after transitioning, told Reuters.