English second division side Plymouth Albion have signed one of Canada´ brightest up and coming players, Brett Beukeboom in what is his first professional contract. The Ontario Blues secondrower will be the clubs third Canadian on the player roster as he joins former Canadian international backrower Sean-Michael Stephen and captain Aaron Carpenter. Beukeboom is a Canadian international. He made his test debut in June 2012 against the USA in Kingston, Ontario and played against Georgia one two weeks latter. His debut was in the starting lineup as he formed a secondrow combination with Tylor Hotson. His arrival is actually to replace a departing Canadian following the move of World Cup secondrower Hotson to London Scottish. The club is yet to confirm the signing as it is waiting for Beukeboom´ visa requirements to be cleared.
Beukeboom has a tremendous future ahead of him. His test future looks all but set in stone now that he will be playing professional rugby and being exposed to higher level rugby than what is avaliable in Canada. Beukeboom is a product of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) program that was set up to facilitate the move from club rugby to the test arena. He emerged in 2009 in a breakthrough year that saw him play for the Canadian under 20 team. He is still aged only 22 but will turn 23 this weekend.