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

Rebellious youth set to take over

Stathi Paxinos It is now fair to say that the Melbourne Rebels are no longer a 'Dad's Army'.

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 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.

Rugby Union

Past errors won't deter Rebel chase for Marshall

Benji Marshall.

Stathi Paxinos A series of high-profile recruiting failures would not deter the Melbourne Rebels from attempting to lure Benji Marshall to the club, chief executive Rob Clarke said on Wednesday.

Freier still in doubt for Waratahs clash

Union generic

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.

Huxley not under injury cloud, says Rebel coach

Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION Rod Macqueen insists that Julian Huxley would be fit for the club's inaugural game against the New South Wales Waratahs.

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.

Rugby Union

Chances running out for star import

Danny Cipriani of the Rebels gathers the ball during the round six Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Hurricanes on March 25, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos It is now easy to understand why Danny Cipriani is at risk of never fulfilling his potential as a rugby player.

McKenzie wary of wounded Rebels

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Stathi Paxinos Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie yesterday declared that the Melbourne Rebels had earned the respect of his team.

Rugby Union

Rebels new back line will retain its flair: Macqueen

Melbourne Rebels

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen insists the major reshuffle of his team's back line will not disrupt the newly found continuity and attacking flair for its Super Rugby clash against Queensland.

Hill ready to climb the mountain

Man on the spot: Rebels coach Damien Hill.

Stathi Paxinos Damien Hill goes into this season with the lowest profile of the Australian coaches.

Rugby Union

Post-Cipriani Rebels the Beale thing

Danny Cipriani.

Stathi Paxinos Rod Macqueen has witnessed the remarkable and almost instantaneous transformation the team has had since Danny Cipriani departed.

ARU rules against England flanker joining Rebels

Rugby Union ball

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen says club right to chase Michael Lipman and he had been confident the England representative would have been a solid cornerstone of new Super rugby franchise.

Rebels with a cause

Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION The Melbourne Rebels are set to announce some of their playing list on Monday. Stathi Paxinos looks at the new rugby venture.

Rebels set to name eight signings

Stathi Paxinos RUGBY UNION Melbourne Rebels team to join expanded Super 15 competition next year will begin to take shape this week.