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Former Cromwell resident Jermaine Ainsley has just been named as a member of the Wallabies training squad. Ainsley (22), who attended Cromwell College and Otago Boys’ High School, will find out next week whether he has made the Australian national rugby team. Ainsley’s mother, Camille Ainsley, of Cromwell, said his family was “incredibly” proud of both his rugby talent and his mental attitude and strength. She said family had been integral to her son’s upbringing and success, in particular his uncles and her brothers, Lomas Ainsley and the late Daryl Ainsley, and her son’s siblings and father. His New Zealand rugby coaches Paul Barling, of Cromwell, and Ryan Martin, of Dunedin, had provided him with tremendous training and support, and his agent, Warren Alcock, had put him in touch with his first Australian club, Nedlands. Ainsley then played two years with the Western Force, in Perth, and another year with the Melbourne Rebels.