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 re-sign classy breakaway 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

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

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.

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

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

Sean McMahon thrives at Rebels against big pack of Cheetahs

Stathi Paxinos Sean McMahon could have wished for an easier introduction to Super Rugby than to face South Africa.

Melbourne Rebels' Sean McMahon stars in winning debut

Sean McMahon

Stathi Paxinos Rebels rookie Sean McMahon could have wished for far easier ways to play his first game of Super Rugby than facing a South African forward pack.

Rugby

Impressive Melbourne Rebels attack 'something special', says Cheetahs coach

Hugh Pyle

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels would be the surprise packet of the Super Rugby season and had the potential to make the finals, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said after watching his team dismantled 35-14 at AAMI...

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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

Rebels chief Rob Clarke out to rev up game

Melbourne Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels chief says run-of-the-mill thinking will not get Australian rugby union out of its funk.

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

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

Laurie Weeks hails Melbourne Rebels teammate Toby Smith

Toby Smith

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

Rugby Union

Rebels coach Tony McGahan to rate Melbourne's improvement against Queensland

Tony McGahan

Stathi Paxinos Tony McGahan will be presented with his best chance to assess just how far the Melbourne Rebels have progressed since he took the reins, with the club playing a trial match against the Queensland...

Rugby union

Melbourne Rebels confident of improvement

Stathi Paxinos dinkus

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

Rugby Union

Kiwi Jason Woodward keen for Rebels to take rugby union spotlight

Rebels Jason Woodward.

Stathi Paxinos Jason Woodward hadn't made it through customs when he got his first taste of rugby in Melbourne.

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...