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.

Melbourne Rebels shock Brumbies with never-say-die attitude

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

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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...

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Melbourne Rebels eye winnable run home to record best season

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Stathi Paxinos It was not that long ago that the Melbourne Rebels were not quite flying high, but they were in a satisfying place.

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Rebels have gone soft after a good start, says coach Tony McGahan

Dom Shipperley of the Reds is attended to by medical staff after breaking his ankle.

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Rebels laid low, still looking for the heights

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels season is not going as well as Tamati Ellison would have hoped but, even the prospect of an end-of-season tour to South Africa where the Rebels are yet to win a game, can dampen...

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Melbourne Rebels slump to another heavy loss as Reds dominate

Beau Robinson of the Reds on the charge.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels' season of promise has been blown apart after they suffered their third consecutive heavy loss with the Queensland Reds dominating Friday night's game at AAMI Park winning 36-20.

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Rebel Colby Fainga'a prepares bag of tricks for brotherly revenge

Anthony (left), Colby and Saia Fainga'a.

Stathi Paxinos Queensland Reds twins Anthony and Saia Fainga'a fear what their younger brother Colby has planned for them this weekend - and that is not just on the rugby field.

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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...

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Rebels' coach expects improvement after bye

Fans throw their purchased teddy bears into the middle of the ground to raise money for the Good Friday appeal, after the match between the Rebels and the Force.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan had just watched his team control much of the first half against the Western Force on Friday night and hold a dominant position in just about every statistic...

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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...

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Melbourne Rebel Cruze Ah-Nau faces tough debut against Sharks

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Stathi Paxinos There are few bigger challenges for an inexperienced Australian prop than to play his first starting game against a pack as formidable as the Durban-based Sharks.

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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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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.