BC Bears 7s – June 2022

Robin MacDowell Named as BC Men’s 7s Coach – ID Session This Saturday, Team to Enter Kelowna 7s and RugbyTown 7s

Robin MacDowell has been an extraordinary servant of the game in Canada, both as a player and coach. He’s represented Canada on the World Series, at the Commonwealth Games, he played professionally in Italy and then played at the highest level domestically on a Rugby Canada Super League national championship team and on a NA4 championship team. As a coach he’s been in charge of the Canada U18 7s team, the USPORT 7s team, he’s been key in identifying high performance athletes for the Canada Women’s 7s program, like recent sensation Krissy Scurfield. He was in demand outside of Canada as the head coach of the Mexican women’s 7s team and the Trinidad & Tobago high performance program. He’s coached professionally with the Premier Sevens and Rugby Tens competitions. He also has the MacDowell Rugby Academy which operates in Saskatchewan and BC. He knows the world of high performance 7s and he knows the talent that’s out there. The program is in good hands.

It’s good to see the BC Bears 7s program test itself with a trip to the Rugbytown 7s which is the highest level tournament in North America. It all starts this Saturday with an ID and Development session at UVic. There will be further ID sessions at UVic and on the mainland in July.


from BC Rugby

BC Rugby is pleased to announce the return of the BC Bears Men’s 7s Team with several ID and Development Sessions taking place in the upcoming weeks.

Upcoming ID and Development Sessions on both Vancouver Island and the Mainland will be used to identify athletes for BC Blue and Gold teams planning to compete at the Summer Fest 7s in Kelowna on July 29-31. A finalized BC Bears Men’s 7s team will then be selected to represent BC at the Rugby-Town 7s in Glendale, Colorado, on August 17-21, 2022.

Sessions are taking place at the University of Victoria’s Wallace Field on Saturday, June 25 and Saturday, July 2. A Mainland session will also take place on July 2, with the location to be confirmed. Interested athletes must be registered as a BC Rugby Member to participate in any of the sessions.

There is also a one-time $25 registration cost per athlete that covers all sessions and goes towards Program costs. Athletes are advised to bring water to ID and Development Sessions.


ID and Development Sessions will take place on the following dates:

University of Victoria – Wallace Field

June 25, 2022 – 11:00am-1:00pm

July 2, 2022 – 11:00am-1:00pm


July 2, 2022 – location and time TBC


The BC Bears Men’s 7s Team has a strong history of competing in tournaments and championships both in BC and North America, and we aim to continue this tradition under new Head Coach Robin MacDowell.

“BC Rugby is excited to have this opportunity for our players to develop their High-Performance experience and put themselves forward for National 7s team selections through representing BC against some international level teams. This calibre of this level of competition is vital for bridging the gap for players looking to represent Canada in the future.” BC Rugby Technical Director John Tait

“British Columbia has a long tradition of excellence producing hundreds of national team athletes, and the opportunity to rebuild this program to keep that legacy growing strong is a key motivator. “ BC Bears Men’s 7s Head Coach Robin MacDowell

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