Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos covers rugby league, rugby union, boxing, swimming and Australian Rules football for The Age. He has covered numerous major sporting events including the Sydney Olympic Games (boxing), the 2003 Rugby World Cup, state of origin contests and NRL finals, world title fights and national swimming championships. Stathi also covered boxing and aquatics at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Rugby Union

Back passion, not profit, says ARU head

John O'Neill

Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION John O'Neill warns potential backers of Melbourne Rebels to do so only if they have a spare $1 million to indulge a passion.

ARU rules against England flanker joining Rebels

Rugby Union ball

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen says club right to chase Michael Lipman and he had been confident the England representative would have been a solid cornerstone of new Super rugby franchise.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels chief Rob Clarke hopes to secure private ownership deal

Melbourne Rebels at training.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke is hopeful Super Rugby’s cellar dwellers could have new owners before the start of next season.

Rugby Union

Cash encourages Melbourne Rebels to support expanded Super Rugby competition

Rob Clarke

Stathi Paxinos In the end, support for the introduction of Super Rugby's new-look 18-team competition in 2016 came down to money for the cash-strapped Melbourne Rebels, chief executive Rob Clarke said.

Rugby

James O'Connor admits he's stuffed up, but vows to be a Wallaby again

O'Connor

Stathi Paxinos James O'Connor says he has "stuffed up". In fact, he admits he has done so many times. Seemingly every year, he says, he has managed to get into some off-field controversy which could have been...

Rugby

James O'Connor released from Wallaby contract

James O'Connor.

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Test winger James O'Connor has been released from the last three months of his contract and will not be offered a lucrative ARU salary top-up next year after a series of off-field incidents came to a...

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Rugby Union

Rocky Melbourne Rebels to leave no stone unturned

Melbourne Rebels

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels have been described in various ways since a consortium of business people, fronted by media buyer Harold Mitchell, was awarded Australia's fifth Super Rugby licence before the...

Rugby Union

Pulver learns from trauma

Big plans: Bill Pulver wants to reinvigorate rugby.

Stathi Paxinos Rugby union's new boss focuses on family after collar bomb hoax.

Rugby Union

Speculation over, Phipps going to Waratahs

Heading north: Rebels half-back Nick Phipps.

Stathi Paxinos Technical glitch leads to posting of confirmation by ARU earlier than intended.

Rugby

Rebel hell: Beale and Vuna sent home after late-night fight

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels players Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna have been sent back to Australia from the team's South African tour after being involved in a late-night fight.

Rugby Union

Beale suspended indefinitely, fined

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos Kurtley Beale has been suspended indefinitely and fined for his behaviour in South Africa.

Rugby Union

Australia's structure to blame: Higginbotham

Scott Higginbotham

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels stand-in captain Scott Higginbotham has blamed Australia's lack of a strong third-tier competition as part of the reason for the Rebels' lack of results in the Super Rugby...

Rugby Union

Rebels players back Hill to hilt

Damien Hill.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels players are backing embattled coach Damien Hill and will do their bit to help him keep his job beyond the end of the season, says half-back Nick Phipps.

Rugby Union

Rebels boss defends signings

James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos Outgoing Melbourne Rebels chief executive Steve Boland admitted prized signings James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale had not been able to fully deliver for the struggling club, but did not regret their...

Rugby Union

Rebels probe Beale's latest slip

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels are investigating whether any of Kurtley Beale's teammates - including fellow Wallaby James O'Connor - were with the troubled star when he broke the conditions of his return to rugby...

Rugby Union

Beale stood down by Rebels

Beale

Stathi Paxinos Kurtley Beale has again been suspended, after the troubled star broke the conditions of his return to rugby by drinking alcohol the night after returning for the Melbourne Rebels and missing a...

Rebels hope storming win helps save coach's skin

Hugh Pyle

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels players say they realise the only way they can help coach Damien Hill keep his job is by winning.

Rebels owners hand in shares

Melbourne Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos ARU’s experiment with private ownership of a Super Rugby franchise in Melbourne comes to an end with foundation shareholders of the Rebels giving up their stakes.

Rugby Union

Beale's exit paves way for Rebels to rebuild

Kurtley Beale.

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels capped one of the most extraordinary clean-outs in Australian rugby history with the news they had parted company with Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale on Saturday.

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Rugby Union

Past errors won't deter Rebel chase for Marshall

Benji Marshall.

Stathi Paxinos A series of high-profile recruiting failures would not deter the Melbourne Rebels from attempting to lure Benji Marshall to the club, chief executive Rob Clarke said on Wednesday.