He attended, and played for Grey College, Bloemfontein and Cape Town University in South Africa, as well as Guy's Hospital in England, where he finished his medical training. He later played for Western Province and South Africa.
Judaism and rugby
Babrow was the cousin of Morris Zimerman, the first Jewish Springbok.
In 1937, Babrow faced the dilemma of whether or not to play a game against New Zealand on Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. In the end, Babrow played, with the rationale that he was playing in New Zealand, not his homeland:
- "I'm a South African Jew, not a New Zealand Jew and New Zealand is eight hours before South Africa in time. When we are playing our holy day will not yet have dawned in South Africa".
At 22, Babrow was the youngest member of the touring party. One of Babrow's cross-kicks set up a try for Ferdie Bergh to score. He recalled that some members of the Springbok party were Greyshirt sympathisers, but that he never experienced anti-Semitism on the tour.
In 2004 he said:
- "Rugby in South Africa has always had its prejudices and it could take another 20 years until those issues are sorted out in the game. But if you look at the game in the country now, for the first time ever there is not one Jewish player in the Currie Cup [in 2004].
- "It used to be a good luck superstition for the Boks to have at least one Jewish player and a policeman in the side. Now there are neither."
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- Godwin, p32
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- SA veteran concerned for rugby's future
- Book review: The Glory of the Game, about the Ten Jewish Springboks.