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

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...

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

Cash encourages Melbourne Rebels to support expanded Super Rugby competition

Rob Clarke

Stathi Paxinos In the end, support for the introduction of Super Rugby's new-look 18-team competition in 2016 came down to money for the cash-strapped Melbourne Rebels, chief executive Rob Clarke said.

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

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

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

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

Impressive Melbourne Rebels attack 'something special', says Cheetahs coach

Hugh Pyle

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels would be the surprise packet of the Super Rugby season and had the potential to make the finals, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said after watching his team dismantled 35-14 at AAMI...

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Rugby Union

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Rebel surge: Melbourne's Mitch Inman brushes past Marcel Brache.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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Rugby

Rebels' coach expects improvement after bye

Fans throw their purchased teddy bears into the middle of the ground to raise money for the Good Friday appeal, after the match between the Rebels and the Force.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan had just watched his team control much of the first half against the Western Force on Friday night and hold a dominant position in just about every statistic...

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

James O'Connor released from Wallaby contract

James O'Connor.

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Test winger James O'Connor has been released from the last three months of his contract and will not be offered a lucrative ARU salary top-up next year after a series of off-field incidents came to a...

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Rugby union

Melbourne Rebels confident of improvement

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Stathi Paxinos For each of their three seasons, the Rebels have gone into their first game with optimism.

Rugby

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...

Rugby Union

Top six and no more excuses for Rebels

Ged Robinson

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels believe they can no longer use the excuse of being new.

Rugby

Cut won't keep O'Connor out of opener

Oconnor

STATHI PAXINOS JAMES O'CONNOR is expected to be fit for the Melbourne Rebels' season opener against Western Force despite the Wallabies star suffering a bad gash to his bottom lip that required 18 stitches during...

Talking potential

Big season: Melbourne Rebels' Welsh captain Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve won't forget where the Rebels have come from.

He's the Beale deal: Phipps

Dangerous pair: Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps

Stathi Paxinos Rebels half-back Nick Phipps adjusting to presence of two Wallabies backs.