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Beukeboom is the most successful Canadian rugby player

When she wasn't playing rugby for the Canadian team, she played in the Cowichan Women's Football League.

Tyson Beukeboom is the most capped player in Canadian women’s rugby history.

Beukeboom, who plays in the Cowichan Women's Football League when she is not playing for the Canadian rugby team, won her 68th cap in the Canadian women's team's first-ever victory over the Black Ferns of New Zealand on May 19 in Christchurch.

With the 22:19 victory, Canada also secured the championship of the Pacific Four Series.

“To be honest, it's still so crazy to me,” said Beukeboom. “If you had told me at the beginning that I would make it this far, I would have laughed. But seriously, it's a huge honour to be where I am and to be able to represent my country – especially with the team we have. Everyone who is part of this is so incredible and without them, past and present, I certainly wouldn't be where I am.”

Beukeboom attended St. Francis Xavier, was the 2012 CIS Female Athlete of the Year, and made her debut with Team Canada at the 2013 Nations Cup the following year.

In 2016, she moved to the Cowichan region to be closer to Team Canada's training grounds and joined the Cowichan Rugby Club, whose members quickly became like family to her.

“I definitely had moments where I thought I was ready to quit,” Beukeboom admitted. “A big part of why I kept going is definitely the Piggies. They were my safe place for so many seasons where I could have fun and just express myself without all the pressure. They were always such a big support on and off the field. I can't wait to come back, even if it's just for a visit.”

Thanks to this support, she and her team won the silver medal at the 2014 Rugby World Cup in France and also participated in the 2018 and 2021 World Cups in Ireland and New Zealand respectively. Not to mention that they wore the maple leaf at many other international events.

It was only this year that Beukeboom decided to turn professional. This season she signed her first professional contract with Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club, ahead of their first foray into the Allianz Premiership, England's elite women's rugby league.

The team is in sixth place in the Premiership with a record of 4-11-0, with one game left to play.

“At her age and with her experience, she decided to devote herself fully to rugby by going to England to play. I was very happy about that,” said Kevin Rouet, head coach of the Canadian national team, ahead of Canada's final game of the Pacific Four Series against reigning world champions New Zealand.

“Tyson is a very experienced rugby player and the nice thing for me is that she is now at the stage of her career where we are just having a lot of conversations and not a lot of training,” Rouet said. “It is important to recognise this tremendous achievement and I look forward to seeing her continue to play and grow and achieve more milestones in the years to come.”

When she's not pushing her limits or making history, Beukeboom hopes to return to Cowichan.

“I definitely plan to come back at least for a visit,” she said. “I miss the valley. At the end of the season I will return to the island for a while. I definitely have another year abroad and then the World Cup. Beyond that, everything is still a little uncertain.”

The Canadian women will return to BC this fall to compete in the WXV 1 elite tournament in Vancouver.