Our Mission


The Mission of MacDowellRugby 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 from current and past members of the Canadian National Team,  as well as University of Regina Men and Women. Our coaches carefully construct each day of our training camps to provide athletes with the most memorable experience possible.


Robin MacDowell is an athlete centered coach who has been coaching sports for over 25 years. He was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. He moved to Europe at the age of 19 to pursue a professional rugby career. After playing a season in France as well as Italy, he returned back to Canada to get an education and begin his journey to represent Canada on the World Sevens Series. It took him over 5 years to achieve this goal, and he has made it his mission to help uncover hidden talent across our country by mentoring athletes and adding value to existing pathways ever since. He has had the opportunity to work with over 50 different schools, 20 rugby clubs, 2 provincial rugby unions, 3 universities, and help develop over 30 Canadian International Players. Most recently, he has been involved with coaching the Mexican Women's National 7's Team across the globe, including the Hong Kong 7's, Olympic Qualifiers in South Carolina, and winning the 2014 North American and Caribbean Rugby Association Championship.

The vision for MacDowellRugby is to foster the growth of high-performance rugby athletes across Canada. The MacDowellRugby team strongly identifies with the idea of developing an athlete to reach a potential that would otherwise be untapped. Through his own rugby experiences, Robin discovered that many athletes alongside him were not set up to succeed in a way that reflected the talent they possessed. 

Our main goal for our aspiring athletes is to Dream big, Believe in themselves, which will ultimately help them Succeed in rugby and life!

Dream. Believe. Succeed.