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 coach Tony McGahan plots a structured route against Chiefs

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.

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

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

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Rebel surge: Melbourne's Mitch Inman brushes past Marcel Brache.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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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

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 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 look to win fans

Gareth Delve (L) and new club Captain Tim Davidson.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels chief executive Steve Boland says on-field success can be the driving factor for better attendances at AAMI Park, with coach Damien Hill the one to achieve it despite the record of...

Rugby Union

Delve has faith in his down-on-luck Rebels

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels skipper believes one breakthrough win will kick-start his team's faltering season.

Battling Rebels ready for newcomers

Rebels coach Damien Hill.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels and Southern Kings two newest teams in Super Rugby.

Rugby Union

Rebels probe Beale's latest slip

James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels are investigating whether any of Kurtley Beale's teammates - including fellow Wallaby James O'Connor - were with the troubled star when he broke the conditions of his return to rugby...

Rugby Union

Beale stood down by Rebels

Beale

Stathi Paxinos Kurtley Beale has again been suspended, after the troubled star broke the conditions of his return to rugby by drinking alcohol the night after returning for the Melbourne Rebels and missing a...

Rugby Union

Rebels ready to shake off the Blues and start winning abroad

Cooper Vuna.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels have a very clear goal for their clash against the Auckland Blues this Saturday.

Rugby Union

Rebels punt on two more rookies

Tom English will play his third run-on game, and fifth overall, for the Rebels oin Saturday.

Stathi Paxinos Tom English will play his third run-on game, while Bryce Hegarty comes in for Kurtley Beale.

Rugby Union

Delve itching to make his mark again for Rebels

Nick Stirzaker.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve will be occupying one of the places he least wants when the Melbourne Rebels start their clash with the Stormers at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rugby

Delve itching to make his mark again for Rebels

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve will be occupying one of the places he least wants when the Melbourne Rebels start their clash with the Stormers at AAMI Park on Friday night.

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.

Rebels shaking the easybeats tag

Bernard Foley of the Waratahs is tackled by Gareth Delve of the Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Stathi Paxinos Rebels coach believes the close results are a necessary part of his developing team's progress.

Rugby Union

Rising Rebels gaining respect

Mitch Inman.

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