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

Wallabies relish once in a lifetime opportunity

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

Stathi Paxinos

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

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

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

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

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

Laurie Weeks hails Melbourne Rebels teammate Toby Smith

Toby Smith

Stathi Paxinos Fellow prop compares Toby Smith to former, legendary teammate Greg Somerville.

Rugby Union

Sean McMahon thrives at Rebels against big pack of Cheetahs

Stathi Paxinos Sean McMahon could have wished for an easier introduction to Super Rugby than to face South Africa.

Melbourne Rebels' Sean McMahon stars in winning debut

Sean McMahon

Stathi Paxinos Rebels rookie Sean McMahon could have wished for far easier ways to play his first game of Super Rugby than facing a South African forward pack.

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.

Rebels keen on Lion-sized task

Stathi Paxinos It will, according to Nic Henderson, be a classic Australian underdog story.

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

Wheel turns for Delve

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve never thought he would one day play against the British and Irish Lions.

Rugby

Burgess surges back into Rebels' starting side

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Returning Australian halfback Luke Burgess has been parachuted into the starting line-up for the Rebels' game against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

Neck injury fails to stop Melbourne back-rower

Jarrod Saffy

Stathi Paxinos A year ago Jarrod Saffy was looking at the end of his career, which had spanned both rugby codes, because of a neck injury he had suffered at a Rebels training session.

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Rugby

Smith ready to use brain as well as instinct

George Smith

Stathi Paxinos There are many things that are different about George Smith from the young talent who turned 21 during the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour.

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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...