Was a transgender woman just caught playing in the women’s rugby league?! Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Transgender Woman Played In Women’s Rugby League!
People are sharing a video on YouTube, TikTok, and X (formerly Twitter), claiming that it shows a transgender man playing in the women’s rugby league!
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That Was Not Transgender Woman Playing In Women’s Rugby League!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on YouTube, TikTok and X, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Video Was From September 2022
Let me start by pointing out that the video isn’t new. It was recorded in September 2022, and shows the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII game against Papua New Guinea (source).
Fact #2 : Joanne Lagona Is Not Transgender
The player in the viral video clip that people are accusing of being a transgender woman is actually a Papua New Guinea woman named Joanne Lagona.
Joanne Lagona was a fullback in the Papua New Guinea Orchids women’s national rugby league team, who played in the 2012 Oceania Women’s Sevens Championship, the 2016 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship, and the 2021 Women’s Rugby League World Cup.
That would not be possible if Joanne Lagona was a transgender woman, because transgender players are not allowed to participate in official women’s rugby matches.
Fact #3 : Joanne Lagona Also Plays Against Men
Joanne Lagona has been playing rugby since she was five years old, and is used to playing against the men. In fact, she plays against men, when there are no women’s competitions in Papua New Guinea.
While she plays against the men, Joanne Lagona is a biological female. People making claims that she is a transgender woman who was born a man, have provided no evidence to back up their claims.
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Fact #4 : IRL Banned Transgender Players In Women’s Rugby
On 21 June 2022, the International Rugby League (IRL) announced that it does not permit transgender players from participating in women’s rugby league matches.
As such, it is impossible for any transgender man to play in women’s rugby matches, at least not in official matches, as shown in the viral video.
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