Our Mission


MacDowellRugby's mission is to provide rugby education to young athletes, and to encourage confidence and self-esteem on and off the rugby field.


We are dedicated to providing athletes with one-on-one and group coaching, including from current and past members of the Canadian National Team. Our coaches carefully construct each day of our training camps and academy sessions to provide athletes with the most memorable experience possible. The MacDowellRugby team strongly identifies with the idea of developing an athlete to unleash their untapped potential. We aspire to help athletes DREAM big, BELIEVE in themselves, and SUCCEED in rugby and life.


Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, former Rugby Canada International Robin MacDowell is an athlete-centered coach who has been coaching sports at all levels for over 27 years.


Robin grew up playing multiple sports, showing promise in more than one discipline. Robin made the choice to move from the Valley to Europe at 19 years old to pursue a professional rugby career in both France and Italy. After several years, he returned home to attend University, where he played on the University of Victoria varsity team, as well as to realize his dream of playing Sevens Rugby for Canada. 


As a former international athlete that travelled the world over as both player and coach, Robin has a strong understanding of what it takes to get to the next level and he knows how to help elite athletes achieve success. His true passion lies with helping athletes reach their goals at every level of the game – from grass roots to high performance.


Robin is passionate about growing the game across North America, having attended thousands of training sessions and working with keen students, from children to the professional level. Robin has coaching positions at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and University of Regina.

Join the MacDowellRugby Team

If you are interested in joining the MacDowellRugby team and are someone who DREAMS big, BELIEVES in themselves, and wants to SUCCEED in both rugby and in life, please visit our JOIN THE TEAM page to view current opportunities.