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 Rebel Laurie Weeks to join mates in Super Rugby milestone

Laurie Weeks leaves the field injured during a match against the Crusaders in March.

Stathi Paxinos Rebel Laurie Weeks joins mates Lachlan Mitchell and Hugh Pyle with special milestone for the fledgling Super Rugby franchise on Saturday.

Union

Laurie Weeks ready to suit up for the Wallabies after long wait

Dream come true: Laurie Weeks, a surprise addition to the Wallabies squad.

Stathi Paxinos When Laurie Weeks arrived in Melbourne with the Wallabies on Wednesday, he was the only member of the team that will play France who was not wearing the team suit.

Rugby Union

Laurie Weeks hails Melbourne Rebels teammate Toby Smith

Toby Smith

Stathi Paxinos Fellow prop compares Toby Smith to former, legendary teammate Greg Somerville.

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan helps Luke Jones raise his game

Rebels coach Tony McGahan.

Stathi Paxinos There has been plenty of expectation on Luke Jones after he was recruited from high school to the Western Force then moved to Melbourne as a foundation player at the Rebels.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels sign Mike Harris on two-year deal

Mike Harris lines up a kick for the Wallabies against Scotland in Newcastle last year.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels are set to announce on Saturday morning the signing of Queensland utility back Mike Harris on a two-year deal.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels' leadership group vows to turn over a new leaf

Tom English, Scott Higginbotham, Hugh Pyle.

Stathi Paxinos New leadership group determined not to repeat mistakes that have blighted club's first three years, Hugh Pyle says.

Rugby Union

Rebels put faith in Olympian

Dale Stevenson

Stathi Paxinos Dale Stevenson yesterday had the official first day of his new sporting life.

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 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 coach puts raps on first-gamer Roberts

Grabbing his chance: Angus Roberts.

Stathi Paxinos Talented Sydney University player will get his chance this week, earlier than expected.

Rugby

Rebels stand down Vuna for one game

Cooper Vuna.

Stathi Paxinos Cooper Vuna will be available to play for the Melbourne Rebels against Western Force next week after he received a one-game ban for his fight with teammate Kurtley Beale just hours after the team’s...

Rugby Union

Wheel turns for Delve

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve never thought he would one day play against the British and Irish Lions.

Rugby

Burgess surges back into Rebels' starting side

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Returning Australian halfback Luke Burgess has been parachuted into the starting line-up for the Rebels' game against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

Rugby Union

Rebels lick wounds and brace for future

Cooper Vuna.

Stathi Paxinos There has been a changing of the guard every year of the Melbourne Rebels' existence.

Freier still in doubt for Waratahs clash

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Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION As things stand now, Adam Freier is one of the last players on the list to have not yet played a moment of football for the Melbourne Rebels.

Rugby Union

Macqueen rings the changes as Rebels look for spark

Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION Melbourne Rebels leave out injured half-back Sam Cordingley and move novice inside-centre Cooper Vuna to the wing for clash against Brumbies.

Meet the Rebels

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels team.

Forward pack to deliver: Weeks

Laurie Weeks

Stathi Paxinos Tighthead prop says the pack does not need an overhaul from last season.

Rugby Union

Rebels win a big step: Hill

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Alister Campbell of the Rebels takes the ball during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Auckland Blues at AAMI Park on April 5, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos Damien Hill walked into last night's post-match press conference a happy man.

Rugby Union

Rebels trio bedazzle Blues

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Stathi Paxinos Move over Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, the Melbourne Rebels' 34-23 win over the more-fancied Blues on Thursday has shown there could be a new ''Big Three'' in town.