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

Injuries put Rebel on centre stage

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...

Rugby Union

Injuries cost Delve captaincy

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve has been replaced as Melbourne Rebels skipper by Scott Higginbotham because the struggling team needs a leader who can play the full game, coach Damien Hill said on Thursday.

Injuries in the past as Beale faces his old side

Kurtley Beale

Stathi Paxinos MELBOURNE REBELS fullback Kurtley Beale says he is injury free, but still not at full fitness, as he prepares for a long-awaited clash against his former team, the Waratahs, on Saturday night.

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 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

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 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...

Rugby Union

Saffy stronger than ever

Jarrod Saffy.

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

Rugby Union

Henderson trying to be one for trivia buffs

Nic Henderson

Stathi Paxinos Whatever happens during the Melbourne Rebels' clash against the Highlanders on July 12, veteran loosehead prop Nic Henderson, who will be playing his 119th and final Super Rugby game, does not want...

Henderson aims to finish up with a trivial pursuit

Nic Henderson

Stathi Paxinos Whatever happens during the Melbourne Rebels' clash against the Highlanders on July 12, veteran loose-head prop Nic Henderson, who will be playing his 119th and final Super Rugby game, does not want...

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

Tomane mentally tougher and successful thanks to Bellamy

Joe Tomane

Stathi Paxinos Joe Tomane did not hesitate when asked on Wednesday what effect former coach Craig Bellamy has had on his career.

Lions rue loss of veteran second-rower as Horwill cleared of stamping

Paul O'Connell

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos The British and Irish Lions have bunkered down in Melbourne, galvanised by the loss of veteran second-rower Paul O'Connell within a day of Wallabies captain James Horwill was cleared of a stamping...

Rugby Union

Beale to make amends for missed chance: Lynagh

Michael Lynagh.

Stathi Paxinos Former Wallabies captain says Beale can either fold or come back stronger.

Rugby Union

Hill pays price for rebellious behaviour

Damien Hill

Stathi Paxinos Departing Melbourne Rebels coach blamed his demise partly on off-field incidents.

Rugby Union

Higginbotham not afraid of hard road

Scott Higginbotham grabs the ball during a lineout against the NSW Waratahs.

Stathi Paxinos Rebels' stand-in skipper has been at rock bottom before and is not ready to give up.

Rugby Union

Rebels put up a fight

Gareth Delve scores

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels show they would no longer be known as easybeats of competition.

Rugby

Fitting the Beale: Melbourne maestro takes to new spot at five-eighth

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos KURTLEY BEALE'S Melbourne Rebels teammates do not doubt that the backline maestro could easily handle a switch to Test five-eighth after watching the difference he has made to the Super Rugby team.