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

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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

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

Wallabies restore hope with last-minute try

Stathi Paxinos

Stathi Paxinos Who says history never repeats? Etihad Stadium again proved a lucky hunting ground for the Wallabies who, as they did 12 years ago, kept the series alive by hanging to beat the British and Irish...

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Rugby Union

Rebels hit high note to sink NSW

Rebel yell: Rebels players celebrate a try against the Waratahs on Friday night.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels show they are no longer the Super Rugby bunnies.

Rugby Union

Rebels put up a fight

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

Rugby Union

Rebels rue ruling in loss

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels were last night left seething at a disallowed try to James Hilgendorf that cost them a chance of snatching momentum and a possible victory against the Brumbies, with the Melbourne...

Barnes arrives in time

Catch me if you can: Wallaby Berrick Barnes makes a break and leads a chasing pack last night.

Stathi Paxinos Berrick Barnes had quite a few things to be grateful for last night.

Rebels open account with fighting win

Rebels

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Rebels has for the first time started a Super Rugby season with a win when they fought back against the Western Force to secure a 30-23 victory at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rebel Higginbotham still finding his feet

Higginbotham

Stathi Paxinos SCOTT HIGGINBOTHAM was not quite sure how to take the first question he received following the Melbourne Rebels' 30-23 win over Western Force in Friday night's Super Rugby season opener.

Rebels forwards 'up for it'

Rebels lock Luke Jones is tackled during match against the Force.

Stathi Paxinos New-look Rebels back row up for the challenge to face the in-form Brumbies.

Rugby

Injuries cost Rebels in second half

Mogg

Stathi Paxinos A QUICK look through the Melbourne Rebels ranks deep into the second half of their 30-13 loss to the Brumbies on Friday night told the story.

Rugby Union

Rebels forwards to take control, says O'Connor

James O'Connor.

Stathi Paxinos The stand-in Melbourne Rebels captain was eager to promote his forwards in Friday night's game against New South Wales.

Rebels say 'game changer' penalty cost the game

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels say a controversial refereeing decision cost them their chance of springing an upset over Queensland.

Rugby Union

Rebels hell: Beale and Vuna ordered home after punch-up

Cooper Vuna.

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

Rugby

Beale skating on thin ice

Fine mess: Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna should be fined, say ex-Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos Former Rebels disappointed that argument between teammates got out of control.

Rugby Union

Rebels' reality check

Tom Carter beats a James O'Connor tackle to score a try.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels beaten 35-19 by the Waratahs in a spiteful clash at AAMI Park.

Rebels' defence failing

John Muggleton.

Stathi Paxinos Assistant coach John Muggleton has no illusion that improvement is needed against Reds.