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.

Rebels expect no let-up from Lions with point to prove

Stathi Paxinos It will, according to Nic Henderson, be a classic Australian underdog story when the Melbourne Rebels take on the British and Irish Lions at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

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Rugby Union

Lions learn and deliver a lesson to Rebels

Can't catch me: Ben Youngs fends off a desperate lunge from Jarrod Saffy on his way to scoring a try.

Stathi Paxinos Tourists beat Australia's youngest Super Rugby team 35-0 at AAMI Park.

Lions happy, but unlikely to ring many changes

Lions centre Manu Tuilagi demonstrates some fancy footwork.

Stathi Paxinos Major changes unlikely in Lions team for second Test despite big win over Rebels.

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Fast-learning Lions blanket the Rebels

Manu Tuilagi

Stathi Paxinos The British and Irish Lions showed they learnt their lesson after their surprise loss to the Brumbies, bouncing back to squash the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

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Lions rue loss of veteran second-rower as Horwill cleared of stamping

Paul O'Connell

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos The British and Irish Lions have bunkered down in Melbourne, galvanised by the loss of veteran second-rower Paul O'Connell within a day of Wallabies captain James Horwill was cleared of a stamping...

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 eye winnable run home to record best season

Stathi Paxinos

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

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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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...

Rugby Union

Waratahs quell the Rebels second time around

waratahs

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.

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 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

Cooper backlash 'below the belt'

Positive spin: Michael Hooper says the Wallabies are still a Bledisloe Cup chance.

Stathi Paxinos Michael Hooper labels continuing rowdy reception given to Quade Cooper as unreasonable.

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Rugby Union

Lealiifano's sweet return

Christian Lealiifano.

Stathi Paxinos Christian Lealiifano's goalkicking has proved to be an asset for the Wallabies.

Rugby

Quade Cooper backlash 'below the belt', says Michael Hooper

Quade Cooper.

Stathi Paxinos Michael Hooper has labelled the continuing rowdy reception given to Quade Cooper in his Wallabies appearances as "unreasonable" and "below the belt".

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James O'Connor admits he's stuffed up, but vows to be a Wallaby again

O'Connor

Stathi Paxinos James O'Connor says he has "stuffed up". In fact, he admits he has done so many times. Seemingly every year, he says, he has managed to get into some off-field controversy which could have been...

Battling Rebels ready for newcomers

Rebels coach Damien Hill.

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