Robin MacDowell

Director of Rugby

Robin is an athlete centered coach who has been coaching sports for over 26 years. He was born and raised on Vancouver Island, then moved to Europe at 19 years old to pursue a professional rugby career in both France and Italy.

Robin is passionate about growing the game at every level across North America on his travels working with over 100 schools, 50 clubs, and 3 provincial unions.  He also has experience coaching at the international level with the Mexican Womens National Sevens, as well as the Canadian Men's 7s pathway programs for the past 6 years. His true passion lies with helping athletes achieve their goals at every level of the game from grass roots to high performance.

Brett Kannenberg

Head Academy Coach

Brett began playing rugby in his first year of high school and has continued in the sport to this day. He played Sr. Men's rugby in Regina from 2008 - 2015, as well represented Saskatchewan at the U18 and  U20 levels in 2008 and 2009. He had the opportunity to play rugby for the University of Regina while completing a degree in Education. Brett began the transition into coaching while in University, starting at the high school level and progressing to the provincial U18 level. Currently, Brett is also had experience coaching at the University of Regina, as well an assistant coach with the MacDowellRugby Elite 7s team.

Brett has been our lead academy coaching since 2017.

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Mark Discombe

Academy Coach

Mark grew up in England, and started playing rugby at the age of 4. Since moving to Saskatchewan, he has represented the province at the U16, U18, U20, U23 and Senior Men's levels. In 2010, Mark was invited to trials for the Rugby Canada U17 team. In Summer 2017, Mark represented the Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championships. His current club is the Regina Rogues in Regina, SK.

Mark is also the kicking specialist coach for the MacDowellRugby Academy, as he is one of Saskatchewan's most proven kickers, both tactically and for points.

Nishant Jain

Academy Coordinator

Nishant is a graduate of the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina, with a major in Finance. He has a variety of business experience, spanning areas such as marketing, sales, analytics, and general administration, through both professional and university-related roles. Nishant served as Co-Chief Investment Officer for the University of Regina Investing fund for three semesters. His background in rugby includes playing and coaching roles, as well as work and executive board positions within Saskatchewan. Nishant is currently a law student at the University of Western Ontario.


Nishant's playing career started early in high school, and in his senior year he started training with Robin MacDowell through the newly created university program at the University of Regina. Since then, Nishant has had a varying background in both 15s and 7s, playing at the U18 provincial level, the senior club level in Regina and Ottawa, and the university level for the University of Regina 7s team. Nishant has also represented the Regina Prairie Fire Senior Men's select team, and the Dog River Howlers select touring team.