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 chief Rob Clarke hopes to secure private ownership deal

Melbourne Rebels at training.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels chief executive Rob Clarke is hopeful Super Rugby’s cellar dwellers could have new owners before the start of next season.

Rugby Union

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.

Rugby Union

Retiring Melbourne Rebel Lachlan Mitchell has no bitterness at being cut from 2015 list

Lachlan Mitchell with teammate Jason Woodward.

Stathi Paxinos Lachlan Mitchell may not have believed he would fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a professional rugby player until he did it, but the foundation player for Australia’s youngest Super...

Rugby Union

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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Union

Laurie Weeks ready to suit up for the Wallabies after long wait

Dream come true: Laurie Weeks, a surprise addition to the Wallabies squad.

Stathi Paxinos When Laurie Weeks arrived in Melbourne with the Wallabies on Wednesday, he was the only member of the team that will play France who was not wearing the team suit.

Rugby Union

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...

Rugby Union

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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Rugby Union

Waratahs quell the Rebels second time around

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Stathi Paxinos The last time NSW ventured to AAMI Park, the Melbourne Rebels sprang a 24-22 ambush late last season that began a run which saw the Waratahs slip from finals contention.

Rugby Union

Melbourne Rebels sign Mike Harris on two-year deal

Mike Harris lines up a kick for the Wallabies against Scotland in Newcastle last year.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels are set to announce on Saturday morning the signing of Queensland utility back Mike Harris on a two-year deal.

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.

Rugby Union

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.

Rugby

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...

Rugby Union

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...

Rugby Union

Scott Fuglistaller re-signs with Melbourne Rebels

Sticking around: Scott Fuglistaller.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Fuglistaller has re-signed with the Melbourne Rebels until the end of the 2016 season.

Rugby Union

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.

Rugby Union

Cash encourages Melbourne Rebels to support expanded Super Rugby competition

Rob Clarke

Stathi Paxinos In the end, support for the introduction of Super Rugby's new-look 18-team competition in 2016 came down to money for the cash-strapped Melbourne Rebels, chief executive Rob Clarke said.

Rugby Union

Tamati Ellison 'on the fence' with his future at Melbourne Rebels

On the run: Rebel Tamati Ellison tries to evade the Sharks’ Willem Alberts.

Stathi Paxinos Tamati Ellison did not know what to expect when he arrived in Melbourne shortly before the Super Rugby season began this year.

Rugby Union

Pat Leafa to get clear run at the starting hooking position

Opportunity: Pat Leafa celebrates a try.

Stathi Paxinos The next two weeks will provide Pat Leafa an opportunity that he has not had in his career at the club – a clear run at the starting hooking position.

Rugby Union

Tom Kingston ready to seize his chance for Melbourne Rebels

Tom Kingston.

Stathi Paxinos It's not the way Tom Kingston would like to claim a run-on spot, but the past couple of years have taught the talented utility back that you take your chances when and where they come.

Rugby Union

Jack Debreczeni to debut for Melbourne Rebels

Rebels player Jack Debreczeni who will play his first game on the weekend.

Stathi Paxinos The rugby union connection has always played a central part in the life of Jack Debreczeni, who will make his debut for the Melbourne Rebels against the Queensland Reds.