There are many fine qualities of Coach Robin MacDowell, whom I have known and have been coached by for over eight years. Having family ties with Robin, we have had the opportunity to become very close on and off the rugby pitch. My older brother, who was extremely passionate about rugby, reached out to Robin to gain some expert advice on the sport. After my brother was unfortunately ruled out of playing the sport due to a disastrous brain injury, I was lucky enough to be taken under Robins wing. At that point in my life, a young fifteen years old, I was not quite sure if I would be able to make it as a high level rugby player. Robin made me see my potential and worked with me to achieve it. One of his main strengths is finding potential in young athletes and pushing them to make gains. His enthusiasm is a major strength as a coach. You will never hear a complaint about Robin not being involved or present. He has a very lively and passionate personality. He is someone who will back you one hundred percent if you are dedicated and work hard. Robin has a been a major influence on my rugby career, he made me realize that I was capable to take my game to the next level.