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|Provincial Points||40 (8t)|
|Provincial Debut||2005 v Poverty Bay|
|Super Rugby Caps||19|
|Super Rugby Debut||2015 v Cheetahs|
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.
|What is your first rugby memory?||Playing on ice cold fields in barefeet|
|Best rugby moment to date?||Winning the Super Rugby Championship in 2015|
|Who is your favourite rugby player?||
|Favourite singer/band?||Pearl Jam|
|Favourite food?||Fish and chips|
If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing?
|Do you have a favourite quote?||"Do the right thing" - Todd Blackadder|
|What does representing the Highlanders mean to you?||A chance to play great footy with my mates|
|What would you hate to be without?||My family|
|Any hidden talents?||Can make an epic kids birthday cake|