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 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.

Melbourne Rebels shock Brumbies with never-say-die attitude

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Mitch Inman of the Rebels is congratulated by team mates

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels scored one of the most remarkable wins in their short history against the Brumbies on Friday 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

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 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.

Hunger games: coach Tony McGahan is making his mark on the Rebels

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11:  Tony McGahan, Head Coach of the Rebels gestures during a Melbourne

Stathi Paxinos Brumbies captain Ben Mowen knew there was something different, but at the same time very familiar, about the Melbourne Rebels unit that had just overrun his team 32-24 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

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 union

Rebels will count on All Black Tamati Ellison's experience

New Zealand's centre Tamati Ellison.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham predicts Tamati Ellison's influence will quickly be felt at the club.

Rugby union

Melbourne Rebels confident of improvement

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

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...

Rebels keen on Lion-sized task

Stathi Paxinos It will, according to Nic Henderson, be a classic Australian underdog story.

Rebels expect no let-up from Lions with point to prove

Stathi Paxinos It will, according to Nic Henderson, be a classic Australian underdog story when the Melbourne Rebels take on the British and Irish Lions at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

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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

Luck of the Rebels

Got a hold on you: Rebel Jason Woodward is tackled by Stormer Andries Bekker at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Stathi Paxinos The odds were that the Melbourne Rebels' luck had to change some time.

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...

Neck injury fails to stop Melbourne back-rower

Jarrod Saffy

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

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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

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

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...