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Player Details

Position Lock
Born 16/07/1981
Height 1.97m
Weight 109kg
Club Wanderers, Nelson
Province Tasman
Provincial Caps 87
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?

Richard Loe

Favourite singer/band? Pearl Jam
Favourite food? Fish and chips

If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing?

Injury Free
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