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

Waratahs quell the Rebels second time around

Stathi Paxinos The last time NSW ventured to AAMI Park, the Melbourne Rebels sprang a 24-22 ambush late last season that began a run which saw the Waratahs slip from finals contention.

Rugby Union

Tough love the key to bringing out the best in the Melbourne Rebels' Luke Jones

Luke Jones wins the ball in the lineout on Friday.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels second-rower Luke Jones has been one of those prodigiously talented players – a schoolboy when he signed to former club Western Force – but there was always a sense that...

Rugby Union

Super Rugby's Rebels will have eyes on Bernard Foley

Major danger: Bernard Foley.

Stathi Paxinos It's usually full-back Israel Folau who steals the spotlight among the NSW Waratahs but Tom English says the Melbourne Rebels will be looking at Bernard Foley as the major danger in Friday night's...

Rugby Union

Sean McMahon thrives at Rebels against big pack of Cheetahs

Stathi Paxinos Sean McMahon could have wished for an easier introduction to Super Rugby than to face South Africa.

Melbourne Rebels' Sean McMahon stars in winning debut

Sean McMahon

Stathi Paxinos Rebels rookie Sean McMahon could have wished for far easier ways to play his first game of Super Rugby than facing a South African forward pack.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels re-sign classy breakaway Sean McMahon

Top gun: Sean McMahon.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels have taken a step towards shoring up their future by re-signing promising breakaway Sean McMahon but the search for an experienced playmaker to fill the problem five-eighth...

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels have a score to settle with Western Force

Handy inclusion: Cadeyrn Neville will start for the Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels remember the last time they played the Western Force all too well.

Rugby union

Melbourne Rebels confident of improvement

Stathi Paxinos dinkus

Stathi Paxinos For each of their three seasons, the Rebels have gone into their first game with optimism.

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

Rebels ace sidelined by finger injury

Jason Woodward.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels' pre-season takes a knock with Jason Woodward being ruled out for six weeks.

Rugby Union

Beale is ready and raring to get started

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos Kurtley Beale says he is keen to get his season started this Saturday with the Melbourne Rebels' trial match against the Hurricanes, but he may be told to wait yet another week.

Rugby Union

Gerrard blasts Rebels

Mark Gerrard.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels foundation player Mark Gerrard has taken aim at his former team following speculation that the Super Rugby club was looking to sign former Wallaby half-back Luke Burgess next season.

Rugby Union

Gareth Delve named as Rebels captain

Gareth Delve

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve has become the first foreign player to be named captain of an Australian Super Rugby team, with the Melbourne Rebels this morning making the announcement.

Rugby Union

Rebels pick Welsh star as new skipper

Gareth Delve

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve the first foreign player named captain of an Australian Super Rugby team.

Rebels name Welshman Delve as leader but offsider yet to emerge

Gareth Delve

Stathi Paxinos GARETH DELVE has become the first foreign player to be named captain of an Australian Super Rugby team after being appointed to lead the Melbourne Rebels.

Rugby

Cut won't keep O'Connor out of opener

Oconnor

STATHI PAXINOS JAMES O'CONNOR is expected to be fit for the Melbourne Rebels' season opener against Western Force despite the Wallabies star suffering a bad gash to his bottom lip that required 18 stitches during...

He's the Beale deal: Phipps

Dangerous pair: Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps

Stathi Paxinos Rebels half-back Nick Phipps adjusting to presence of two Wallabies backs.

Points taken but Rebels not happy with performance

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos It was the result that the Melbourne Rebels wanted - a win against the Western Force to get their season off to a positive start for the first time.

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.