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Rowan Baxter, former NRL player of New Zealand Warriors died in a Brisbane car fire along with his three children

Feb 19 2020 By Asbin Ghimire

A man who died in a horrific car fire together with three children under the age of 10 was identified as an ex-NRL player. One of the four victims was Rowan Baxter, a member of the 2005 New Zealand Warriors Squad. Furthermore, the fourth person who was also the victim of the horrific car fire incident is suspected to be Rowan’s wife, Hannah.

Rowan Baxter
Rowan Baxter with his three children died in a tragic car fire
Source: Courier-Mail

As per the witness, the lady was screaming and scrambling from the car, saying “He poured petrol on me.” With the initial investigation, it is believed that the car was deliberately put on the fire. However, the official confirmation about the cause of the accident is not in the media yet.

Rowan Baxter, former NRL player of New Zealand Warrior died in a Brisbane car fire along with his three children
Rowan Baxter, former NRL player of New Zealand Warrior died in a Brisbane car fire along with his three children, Source: nzherald

Officers in the Camp Hill scene were called at 08:30 local time when the car was on fire. Additionally, Detective Inspector Mark Thompson addressed reporters at the scene, saying:

On arrival, police, and emergency services have identified five people that were involved in the fire inside the vehicle. I can confirm that we have three deceased children under the age of 10 in the vehicle.

He added, addressing the incident:

We have another deceased adult male who was known to the children, and we also have a victim suffering extensive injuries that are also known to the children and the adult male.

Baxter was in a custody dispute with his wife

The ex-NRL player, Rowan Baxter was in a custody dispute with his wife, Hannah. In particular, the Courier-Mail said the couple had been seeking custody of their three children, Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey.

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So was that a reason why Rowan allegedly put the car on fire? or was it just a sad accident?  Well, we will have to wait a little longer to know about the cause of the horrible Brisbane car fire incident.

Former New Zealand Warriors player, Rowan Baxter was attached with his children

The recent posts from Baxter on Facebook are all about his children, sharing several children’s photos and writing, “Daddy loves you.”

Who is Rowan Baxter? Ex-NRL Player

Rowan Baxter is famously known as an ex-NRL player. The former rugby player was the part of the 2005 New Zealand Warriors squad. Baxter went on to become a fitness coach in Brisbane following a brief career with Warriors ‘ NRL squad in 2005. In Australia, before founding CrossFit gym in Brisbane’s south with his wife, he worked with Super Rugby and AFL clubs.

Rowan Baxter
Rowan Baxter was into fitness, running gyms
Source: Fox sports

The former New Zealand Warriors Player, Rowan Baxter was also running an Integr8 Functional training company along with his wife and also worked with professional sportspeople including Brisbane Broncos players Matt Gillett and Sam Thaiday.

On his company, describing his bio, it is said that Baxter had:

over 20 years of experience in the sports and fitness industry, starting off as an NRL player for the NZ Warriors team and then coaching other people.

Rowan Baxter as a Rugby Player

  • Was named in the New Zealand Warriors team in 2005 and played a match as a wing against the Parramatta Eels in pre-season.
  • Played with Frank-Paul Nu’uausala for the New Zealand A rugby league team in 2004.
  • In 2004, he won the Fox Memorial Grand Final. Furthermore, he played the match along with Anthony Swann, Tony Tuimavave, Vinnie Anderson,  Mark Tookey and Mt Albert Lion.

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