After completing a three-year stint in Japan playing for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars, Alex Ainley returned to the Tasman Makos in 2013. Immediately, Tasman won promotion to the ITM Premiership and after a stellar debut in the competition, the team qualified for the 2014 Final. It was a happy homecoming for Ainley who had previously captained the province in 2007 before departing for Italy, where he played with Crociati and then Japan. Alex is a durable and experienced lock, who just seems to get better and better with age. Was one of the in form locks of the 2016 season until injury curtailed his game time.