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 slump to another heavy loss as Reds dominate

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.

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

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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Rugby Union

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Rugby Union

Jones, Neville target Test squad

Luke Jones leaps high to take the ball in the lineout.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels second-rowers Luke Jones and Cadeyrn Neville would have no better chance to snare a berth in the Wallabies squad when they face off against Queensland's Test incumbents in...

Rugby Union

Rebel Colby Fainga'a prepares bag of tricks for brotherly revenge

Anthony (left), Colby and Saia Fainga'a.

Stathi Paxinos Queensland Reds twins Anthony and Saia Fainga'a fear what their younger brother Colby has planned for them this weekend - and that is not just on the rugby field.

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

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

Rebels put faith in Olympian

Dale Stevenson

Stathi Paxinos Dale Stevenson yesterday had the official first day of his new sporting life.

Rugby Union

Higginbotham regrets missing tour

Scott Higginbotham

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham says he regrets kneeing and head-butting All Black Richie McCaw.

Rebels yell for spot in finals

High-five: Ben Mowen (Brumbies), Dave Dennis (Waratahs), James Horwill (Reds), Matt Hodgson (Force) and Gareth Delve (Rebels).

Stathi Paxinos Coach Damien Hill will not publicly state the target, but he knows the arithmetic.

Rebel Higginbotham still finding his feet

Higginbotham

Stathi Paxinos SCOTT HIGGINBOTHAM was not quite sure how to take the first question he received following the Melbourne Rebels' 30-23 win over Western Force in Friday night's Super Rugby season opener.

Rebels forwards 'up for it'

Rebels lock Luke Jones is tackled during match against the Force.

Stathi Paxinos New-look Rebels back row up for the challenge to face the in-form Brumbies.