Canadian International & Cornish Pirates lock Brett Beukeboom is looking to bounce back into action after a lengthy recovery from a knee injury.
“It was back in March when we played London Welsh away in the semi-final of the British & Irish Cup.” said Brett.
“We had played really well against them in previous games but when I was injured early in the match it was blow for me personally and likely also for the team.”
Brett had signed for us ahead of last season after three years playing in the Championship for Plymouth Albion, he had been a regular starter there but had not enjoyed much rest.
“The reason that rest breaks were limited is that Albion didn’t have the biggest of squads and relied on the same guys, which meant that there was extra physical and psychological pressure to cope with.”
There was no immediate rest to come either at the Pirates, as it was straight off to training with Canada and the Rugby World Cup.
“In the lead up to the World Cup our training was very tough, initially fitness based and then on to team building exercises in Canada with an Army group.”
Featuring in games against Ireland, France and Romania, Brett took his overall games tally for Canada to 19, but despite a number of good performances the ‘Canucks’’ lost all of their Pool games, and failed to progress in the competition.
This was however, a bonus for the Pirates, as Brett, along with fellow squad members Aaron Carpenter and Matt Evans, was able to head back in time for the game at Doncaster Knights in mid-October and make his debut for us.
Whilst it has been a frustrating period for Brett, missing out on the rest of the season and also Canada’s summer internationals, there have been a number of positive outcomes.
“This is my first spell out of training and playing action in about eight years, but there are positives in that I’ve been able to recuperate by resting both the body and mind.”
“Since my operation back in April I have made steady progress and am now back running, with my progress being carefully monitored by the club’s physio and strength and conditioning guys.
He has been enjoying life in Cornwall - which is similar to Canada - and found the people very friendly, telling family and friends back home that "Cornwall is The best place in The UK”
An ever present in the side until his injury, we are all looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch and continuing with his considerable contribution to the team’s success.
An Evening at The Mennaye
Keep an eye out here and on social media for news of an ‘Evening at The Mennaye’ in early August ahead of our first friendly, when we can catch up with the players and old friends in an informal social environment.