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.

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

Wallabies relish once in a lifetime opportunity

Israel Folau enjoys a Wallabies training session at Ballymore Stadium.

Stathi Paxinos There are few things that Stirling Mortlock did not achieve in his career. Mortlock played 80 Tests for Australia and was captain for 29 of them. He played in two World Cups and won Bledisloe Cups.

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.

RUGBY

Wallabies restore hope with last-minute try

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Stathi Paxinos Who says history never repeats? Etihad Stadium again proved a lucky hunting ground for the Wallabies who, as they did 12 years ago, kept the series alive by hanging to beat the British and Irish...

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Wallabies come good under pressure

Stathi Paxinos Skipper James Horwill says he could not be prouder of his team.

Rugby Union

Wallabies to call on Beale to fill void

Kurtley Beale

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels star Kurtley Beale may play two Tests for the Wallabies in five days.

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 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 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

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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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 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

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

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

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

Melbourne Rebels re-sign classy breakaway Sean McMahon

Top gun: Sean McMahon.

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels have taken a step towards shoring up their future by re-signing promising breakaway Sean McMahon but the search for an experienced playmaker to fill the problem five-eighth...

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

Rebels will count on All Black Tamati Ellison's experience

New Zealand's centre Tamati Ellison.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham predicts Tamati Ellison's influence will quickly be felt at the club.