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

Melbourne Rebels keen to break through on foreign soil

Melbourne Rebels at training

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels were desperate to claim their first win outside Australia when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday after another disappointing narrow loss against the Highlanders, captain...

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan plots a structured route against Chiefs

On the move: Bryce Hegarty (with the ball) at Rebels training.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan says he knows how to beat Saturday's opponents the Chiefs. But for the Rebels game plan to be successful, they must overcome what have until now been weaknesses.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels to keep the faith for Brumbies clash

Cruze Ah-Nau of the Rebels releases the ball during a training session at AAMI Park on Wednesday.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan insists that despite a ''harsh dose of reality'', three successive losses, including a 32-7 thumping by the Western Force, had not highlighted anything he did not...

Rugby

Melbourne Rebels have a month to turn season around: Scott Higginbotham

'A lot of work to do': Scott Higginbotham.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham has set his team the task of turning around its season within the next month.

Rugby Union

Rebels live up to all the hype

Luke Burgess

Stathi Paxinos All pre-season the Melbourne Rebels have been talking about how things would be different this season.

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Rugby Union

Rebels coach Tony McGahan to rate Melbourne's improvement against Queensland

Tony McGahan

Stathi Paxinos Tony McGahan will be presented with his best chance to assess just how far the Melbourne Rebels have progressed since he took the reins, with the club playing a trial match against the Queensland...

Rugby Union

Kiwi Jason Woodward keen for Rebels to take rugby union spotlight

Rebels Jason Woodward.

Stathi Paxinos Jason Woodward hadn't made it through customs when he got his first taste of rugby in Melbourne.

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

Wallabies relish once in a lifetime opportunity

Israel Folau enjoys a Wallabies training session at Ballymore Stadium.

Stathi Paxinos There are few things that Stirling Mortlock did not achieve in his career. Mortlock played 80 Tests for Australia and was captain for 29 of them. He played in two World Cups and won Bledisloe Cups.

Rugby Union

Smith keen and able for Wallabies comeback

George Smith

Stathi Paxinos George Smith is keen for a Wallabies call-up to take on the Lions this weekend.

Would-be Wallaby Tomane's Queensland curse

Joe Tomane

Stathi Paxinos Joe Tomane reckons there is something about Queensland that just does not agree with him.

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...

Rugby Union

Rebels punt on two more rookies

Tom English will play his third run-on game, and fifth overall, for the Rebels oin Saturday.

Stathi Paxinos Tom English will play his third run-on game, while Bryce Hegarty comes in for Kurtley Beale.

Rugby Union

Injuries put Rebel on centre stage

Bryce Hegarty.

Stathi Paxinos Of all the advice that Bryce Hegarty received in the lead-up to his debut for the Melbourne Rebels last Saturday, a rather run-of-the-mill warning from assistant coach Nathan Grey proved to be the...

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.

Rugby Union

Rebels prepare for a new generation

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels face more changes with the club on Wednesday confirming that Gareth Delve, Richard Kingi and James King would be joining the likes of Ged Robinson and Nick Phipps leaving at the end...

Neck injury fails to stop Melbourne back-rower

Jarrod Saffy

Stathi Paxinos A year ago Jarrod Saffy was looking at the end of his career, which had spanned both rugby codes, because of a neck injury he had suffered at a Rebels training session.

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