All the facts and details about Magali Harvey, the Canadian rugby player

All the facts and details about Magali Harvey, the Canadian rugby player

Helix Odhiambo
updated at December 3, 2023 at 1:02 PM
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Magali Harvey is a talented Canadian athlete and one of the most famous rugby players. She made headlines at the 2014 Rugby World Cup after leading her country to the final. Harvey's rise from a humble beginning to starring on the global stage with the Canadian women's rugby team has inspired many young athletes.

Magali Harvey's age
Magali Harvey of Canada during the Women's Rugby International game against New Zealand on 23 November 2016 at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald
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Harvey is known for her pace, skill, and flair on the pitch. She plays as a wing or a full-back and has scored spectacular tries for her country. We delve deep into her life history, career journey, and all you need to know about her.

Magali Harvey's profile summary

Full name

Magali Harvey



Date of birth

16 August 1990


33 (as of November 2023)


Québec City, Canada




1.65 m


65 kg


St. Francis Xavier University, Smith School of Business


Rugby union player


Canada 15s rugby team, Stade Bordelais


Luc Harvey and Catherine Louisy


Marie-Pierre, Anne-Laurence, Elizabeth, Maniche, Jaden

Net worth

$1-5 million

Social media

Instagram, Facebook, X (Twitter)

Magali Harvey's bio

The Canadian rugby player Magali Harvey (aged 33 as of November 2023) was born and raised in Québec City, Canada. Magali Harvey's nationality is Canadian. She grew up alongside her five siblings, three sisters and two brothers.

What happened to Magali Harvey?
Canada's Magali Harvey (L) vies for the ball with Joanne Fa'Avesi (R) of the USA during their Rugby 7s match at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, on 12 July 2015. Photo: Hector Retamal
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The Canadian graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Quebec City. Mags also attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, where she studied Business Administration. She pursued an MBA at Smith School of Business and graduated in June 2023. Harvey speaks fluent French, English, and Spanish.

Magali Harvey's family

Mags was born to Luc Harvey and Catherine Louisy. She has an older sister, Marie-Pierre, and two young sisters, Anne-Laurence and Elizabeth. Her younger brothers are Maniche and Jaden. Elizabeth was part of Rugby Canada's young athlete's development program.

Magali Harvey's mother was a competitive bodybuilder. She was a role model to her children, including Magali, who learned much from her mother at a young age.

"She came home with a big trophy won in a competition, and I pranced around with that trophy pretending it was mine," Harvey said in an interview.

Magali Harvey's career

Magali Harvey's bio
England's Claire Allan (L) tackles Magali Harvey (R) of Canada during the IRB Women's 7s World Series match at the National Rugby Centre on 18 May 2013 in Amsterdam. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos
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The Quebec City native started playing rugby at St. Francis Xavier University at 18. She joined Canada's Women's 7s team in 2011 before representing her country with the fifteens. Here is a timeline of her illustrious career journey and achievements.

7s World Cup (2013)

The Canadian began her senior career with the 7s national team. She was part of the team that won a silver medal at the 2013 Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens.

15s World Cup (2014)

Mags joined the 15s side and helped her country finish second at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup. Magali Harvey's try against France in the semi-final became one of the key highlights of the tournament. She made an 87-metre run, helping her country to an 18-16 victory over the hosts at Stade Jean Bouin stadium.

Magali Harvey's try
Magali Harvey (L) of Canada received the 2014 Best Woman Rugby Player of the Year award by IRB President Bernard Lapasset at Stade Jean-Bouin on 17 August 2014 in Paris, France. Photo: Jean Catuffe
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Unfortunately, Canada lost 21-9 to England in the final in Paris in August 2014. Harvey, who served as the team's placekicker, finished as the second-highest top scorer in the tournament with 61 points. She also won the IRB Women's Player of the Year in 2014 following her descent performance at the World Cup.

Return to 7s team (2015 - 2017)

Magali returned to the sevens team in 2015. She helped her country win the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto for the first time. The speedy winger became Canada's leading scorer in the competition with 48 points (eight tries and four conversions).

Mags competed in the first tournament of the 2015-16 World Rugby Women's Sevens World Series before sustaining an injury. She missed three out of five World Series events in 2016 but finished with nine tries (tied for fourth place on the team).

The talented athlete also missed out on the 2016 Rio Olympic squad that won a bronze medal. She returned to the team to win the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens silver medal.

Return to 15s side (2018, 2023)

Magali re-joined Canada's 15s team in 2018. Her last game for the team was in November against Wales before taking a five-year break.

New Zealand and France tenure

Magali Harvey
Auckland Storm's Magali Harvey runs with the ball during their Farah Palmer Cup match against Bay of Plenty at Eden Park on 17 July 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Greg Bowker
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The Canadian moved to New Zealand, where she played for Auckland Storm in the Farah Palmer Cup in 2021 as a full-back. She spent time with France's Stade Bordelais.

Canada's 15s coach, Kevin Rouet, re-called Harvey to the squad in September 2023 ahead of their rugby test match against England.

Magali's coaching program

Mags also served as head coach of the McGill University women's program in June 2017. She replaced Matthew Stephens, who had stepped down after four years at the helm. Harvey earned a Level 2 coaching certification with the Waikato Rugby Union in New Zealand. She also served as a guest coach at Collège André-Laurendeau, Rugby Quebec and Rugby Canada.

Magali Harvey's height
Magali Harvey during a training session with Canada's national team ahead of the 2014 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup at Stade Jean Bouin on 16 August 2014 in Paris, France. Photo: Jordan Mansfield
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Interesting facts about Harvey

The 2014 IRB Women's Player of the Year has proved her talent in multiple international competitions. Discover other fascinating details about the rugby star:

1. Magali Harvey's height and weight

The rugby queen measures 1.65 m tall and weighs 65 kg. She has a fit athletic body that makes her excel in her career.

2. Who is Magali Harvey's partner?

Sources reveal that Mags is single. She has not revealed details of her past affairs. The talented Canadian rugby queen remains focused on her career.

3. Social media

Magali Harvey's Instagram account has 8.2k followers as of November 2023. She is also available on Facebook with 2.2k followers and on X (Twitter) with 3.7k followers.

4. Magali Harvey's net worth

The rugby winger/full-back's net worth is reportedly $1-5 million as of 2023. She ranks among the best and wealthiest female ruby players on earth.

Final word

Magali Harvey has enjoyed an illustrious career, putting her among the best in women's rugby. She has become a household name worldwide thanks to her skills and achievements. Will her dreams of playing in the Olympics come true in the Paris 2024 Games?

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