- Number: 120
- Position: First five-eighth, centre
- Born: 28/08/83
- Height: 180
- Weight: 95
- Province: North Harbour
- Blues Debut: 2004 v Cats
- Blues Caps: 51
- Blues Points: 389
- Breakdown: 6T, 67C, 74PG, 1DG
- Test Caps: 30
- Test Points: 153
- Test Debut: 2005 v British & Irish Lions
McAlister debuted for the Blues in 2004 and played for the club for four seasons, during which time he made his All Blacks debut in 2005 in the third Test against the British & Irish Lions. The 2002 IRB Under-19 Player of the Year, McAlister was also the Blues’ top points scorer in the 2005 Rebel Sport Super 14
In 2007, McAlister departed overseas to take up a contract with English Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks.
But the North Harbour back returned to the Blues after a two-year stint overseas to bolster the backline in 2010 with the hope of reclaiming his position in the All Blacks. He was unable to make the World Cup squad and returned to northern hemisphere rugby with the Sharks followed by Toulouse.