The big rugby and the missing baby

Italian pillar Andrea Lo Cicero in the thick of the action against the All Blacks in Rome in 2012.

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Italian pillar Andrea Lo Cicero in the thick of the action against the All Blacks in Rome in 2012.

Great Italian rugby player Andrea Lo Cicero is desperate for a baby girl he helped deliver while serving with the Red Cross in 1995.

Lo Cicero, who has played 103 tests for Italy, including four against the All Blacks, has taken to social media in his quest to reconnect.

He was 19 at the time and assisted with the successful emergency premature delivery and saw his mother and daughter safely at Santo Bambino hospital by ambulance to his hometown of Catania in Sicily .

Lo Cicero posted a photo of him beaming with the baby girl named Miriam and a heartfelt appeal to reunite with her 27 years later.

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“Hoping social sharing can help me,” the 45-year-old wrote on Instagram.

“I am going to tell you about one of the most beautiful, touching and exciting experiences of my life, giving birth to a premature baby.

“Volunteering with the Red Cross. I was 19 while on an ambulance service with my legendary colleague @milena_ali. In this photo I am in the midwifery service of Catania, the morning after helping the mother of this pretty little girl Miriam, 3350 kg, 50cm.

“I will not forget this day. It was in 1995, in Catania, at the beginning of spring, at the Santo Bambino hospital. I hope one day I will meet Miriam. Hoping someone can help me somehow. Thank you.”

Andrea Lo Cicero has played 103 tests for Italy.

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Andrea Lo Cicero has played 103 tests for Italy.

The Cicero is a legend of the Italian game. The loosehead pillar was Italy’s most capped player before being passed by Alessandro Troncon.

He made his test debut against England in 2000 and made three World Cups before retiring in 2013, having played for clubs in Italy and France.

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