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 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 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 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

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

Rebels prepare for a new generation

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels face more changes with the club on Wednesday confirming that Gareth Delve, Richard Kingi and James King would be joining the likes of Ged Robinson and Nick Phipps leaving at the end...

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

Lion-hearted effort could save job

Rebels coach Damien Hill looks on during a captain's run on Monday.

Stathi Paxinos If Rebels perform well, it could go some way towards saving coach's job.

Rugby Union

Smith keen and able for Wallabies comeback

George Smith

Stathi Paxinos George Smith is keen for a Wallabies call-up to take on the Lions this weekend.

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

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.

Rebels say 'game changer' penalty cost the game

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels say a controversial refereeing decision cost them their chance of springing an upset over Queensland.

Rugby Union

Speculation over, Phipps going to Waratahs

Heading north: Rebels half-back Nick Phipps.

Stathi Paxinos Technical glitch leads to posting of confirmation by ARU earlier than intended.

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.

Rugby Union

Force wary of emerging Rebels

The Melbourne Rebels.

Stathi Paxinos When Western Force's Nick Cummins looks at his team's next opponents he sees several things.

Rebels wins will attract best players

The Reds' Scott Higginbotham seems to be getting better and better.

Stathi Paxinos Announcement about highly regarded Reds' backrower Scott Higginbotham expected soon.

Freier lines up for a century as Rebels meet Force

Adam Freier.

Stathi Paxinos Adam Freier has a casual way of describing one of the hardest milestones in Australian rugby.

Union

Lacklustre visitors hold off determined Rebels

Stathi Paxinos It was not the domination expected from the ACT Brumbies over a team coming off a last-round flogging, but the Australian conference leaders did enough to hold off a determined Melbourne Rebels 27-19...