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A lack of representation, careless comments and ‘racial banter' – how this sport is facing up to its diversity issues

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Elite sport can be a lonely and unforgiving place. A Black rugby player and England international shared her experience of struggling with her identity due to a lack of cultural and ethnic diversity in her sport. A report commissioned by the sports governing bodies in England found that players of color often face a need to assimilate and experience stereotypes. The report also highlighted the lack of diversity in rugby audiences. Efforts are being made to diversify the sport and address systemic racism and classism. Similar issues are also present in rugby in Wales. The players stressed the importance of acknowledging and addressing these challenges, including issues related to hair and cultural experiences. Discussions of racism, discrimination, and representation in rugby are ongoing, with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusivity.