Under NCRFU Bylaws, a red card is an automatic two scheduled match/15 day suspension (whichever is longer) from participation in ALL rugby worldwide. Two yellow cards for dangerous or violent play in the same competitive season carry the same penalty as a red card. As the referee is the sole judge of law and fact on the pitch, there is no appeal from a red or yellow card during a match. Under certain circumstances, an offender may be referred to the NCRFU Disciplinary Committee for consideration of additional sanctions.
Clubs who choose to contest a red card to a player (which has for the over 10 years been a 2 scheduled matches /15 day suspension) must send a detailed written submission and supporting evidence to the DC Secretary by Monday at 2pm giving specifics and video if available that would be regarded as consistent with the “Extenuating Circumstances” provisions under the World Rugby Reg 17 sentencing guidelines.
Exception to Mandatory Suspension: If a player receives a red card in a match for repeat technical violations (e.g. offsides; hands-in ruck) that are not violent or dangerous, then the red card will not result in a suspension. However, if any of the offenses that gave rise to the red card included a yellow card for an offense of a violent or dangerous nature, then the red card will result in a two scheduled match/15 day suspension. Referees must notify the NCRFU Disciplinary Committee Secretary by either sending an email to email@example.com of the issuance of a red or yellow card no later than Monday 2pm.
Teams wishing to cite an opposing player must likewise notify the Disciplinary Committee Secretary via email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday at 2pm and include all relevant (i.e. video) evidence. The Disciplinary Secretary can be reached at email@example.com.