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Tighthead Prop Jermaine Ainsley commits to Qantas Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels in a two-year contract extension

Prop Jermaine Ainsley has pledged his future to Australian Rugby after signing his contract extension with Rugby Australia & the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2020.

The 22-year old from Cornwell, New Zealand has featured for the Wallabies against the Barbarians seven months ago.

However, his injury stagnated his changes of a Test debut during their end of year Spring Tour.

Comments from Jermaine Ainsley

Ainsley says he’s excited to stay in Melbourne with a young side and his coach who also transitioned from the Force to Rebels, Dave Wessels.

He’s highly rated at the club where playing for the Wallabies is one of this goals this year.

Ainsley has trained a few teams with the Senior Wallabies squad for a few years which benefitted his preparation of playing for your country compared to club rugby.

Not only that, he learned a lot from fellow Props such as Sekope Kepu and Allan Alaalatoa as well as his Force & now Rebels team-mate Tetera Faulkner.

What Michael Cheika has to say

Cheika praised Jermaine Ainsley’s talents and sure he has great potential to make a position of his own for both the Rebels and Wallabies.

So there’s competitions up for grab both youth and experience with the No.1 & No.3 Wallabies jersey at the prop department.

Overall, Ainsley’s contract extension fits the blueprint that the Wallabies want to embark towards the long haul.


His father, Joe McDonnell, played at loosehead prop unlike his son who plays at the tighthead position.

McDonnell has Super Rugby experience where he played both for the Hurricanes and Highlanders.

He also earned eight All Blacks caps in 2002.

Ainsley is a graduate of the Nedlands Rugby club over in Perth.

That’s a blow for the New Zealand teams who wanted to take a closer look on him.

On the other hand, the Aussies have beaten the Kiwis in terms of the talent pool regarding Jermaine Ainsley.

Jermaine Ainsley

  • Position: Tighthead Prop
  • Height: 181 cm
  • Weight: 121 kg
  • Date of Birth: 8th August 1995
  • Super Rugby debut: 2016 v Melbourne Rebels, Perth
  • Super Rugby Caps: 26 (17 Western Force, Nine Melbourne Rebels).


According to FOX Sports Lab, Jermain Ainsley played Nine Games out of 466 minutes of this year’s Super Rugby action as of Week 11 v Stormers on Friday.


  • No Tries, Try Assists and Points
  • 4.2/38 Possessions
  • 2.7/24 Runs
  • 15/143 Run Metres
  • 0.3/Three Pick and Drives
  • 0.1/One Linebreak
  • No Line Break Assists
  • 1/Nine Tackle Busts
  • No Offloads
  • 0.8/Seven passes
  • No Lineout wins own or opposition
  • No Kicks, Kick Metres or Errors


  • 0.7/Six Turnovers
  • 0.6/Five Handling Errors
  • 1.1/Ten Penalties Conceded
  • No Yellow or Red Cards
  • 3.3/30 Tackles
  • 1/Nine Missed Tackles
  • 0.4/Four Ineffective Tackles
  • 69% Tackle Effiency
  • No Forced Penalties, Pilfers or Forced Ruck and Maul Penalties

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