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.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels keen to break through on foreign soil

Melbourne Rebels at training

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels were desperate to claim their first win outside Australia when they meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday after another disappointing narrow loss against the Highlanders, captain...

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 Union

Milestone Rebel Hugh Pyle will be missed

Lineout leader: Hugh Pyle will miss his involvement with the fast-developing Melbourne Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos When Hugh Pyle runs out of the Melbourne Rebels against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday, he will be celebrating the milestone of having become the first player to reach 50 Super Rugby games for...

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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

Melbourne Rebels on guard for Cheetahs surge

Scott Higginbotham, Hugh Pyle.

Stathi Paxinos Rebels skipper would love for Cheetahs to fall for the old two-card trick at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rugby Union

Last-gasp winner a fitting farewell

Triumphant: The Rebels celebrate after Bryce Hegarty scored the winning try.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels led for all of 10 seconds against the Highlanders - but when it mattered.

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

Rising Rebels gaining respect

Mitch Inman.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels' Mitch Inman believes respect is slowly coming.

Rebels dig deep in defence to win respect and turn season around

Mitch Inman

Stathi Paxinos Mitch Inman believes that respect is slowly coming.

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Rebels weigh up shifting Beale to five-eighth and benching Cipriani

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  Daniel Halangahu of the Waratahs is tackled by Danny Cipriani of the Rebels during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Rebels' bye week could be a period of change for the Super Rugby strugglers with Kurtley Beale set to replace Danny Cipriani at five-eighth as coach Damien Hill looks at ways to spark...

Rugby Union

Rebels put up a fight

Gareth Delve scores

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels show they would no longer be known as easybeats of competition.

Rugby

Fitting the Beale: Melbourne maestro takes to new spot at five-eighth

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos KURTLEY BEALE'S Melbourne Rebels teammates do not doubt that the backline maestro could easily handle a switch to Test five-eighth after watching the difference he has made to the Super Rugby team.

A win for the ages, says Rebels coach

Cooper Vuna of the Rebels passes whilst being tackled by Robbie Fruean of the Crusaders.

Stathi Paxinos Damien Hill declares upset of Crusaders the greatest moment in club's short history.

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.

Rugby Union

Rebels 'worth cheering about'

Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos World Cup-winning coach says the Rebels should be 'well pleased' with their achievements this year.

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.

Rebels yell for spot in finals

High-five: Ben Mowen (Brumbies), Dave Dennis (Waratahs), James Horwill (Reds), Matt Hodgson (Force) and Gareth Delve (Rebels).

Stathi Paxinos Coach Damien Hill will not publicly state the target, but he knows the arithmetic.