Irish rugby Union Friends in high places: Biden calls Irish rugby union team to congratulate them on win over All Blacks • Vice-president praises Leinster team who beat All Blacks in Ireland
• Team’s appearance during US president’s trip upsets White House Friends in high places: Biden calls Irish rugby union team to congratulate them on win over All Blacks in Ireland However, the pair did not meet the All Blacks. Photograph: Peter Morrison/Reuters
Joe Biden attended Ireland’s epic win over the All Blacks on Friday night, but did not meet any of the world champions during his visit to Croke Park.
The vice-president was shown on the big screen taking notes from a spectator along with cabinet-level officials, according to reports.
As well as attending the match against New Zealand, Biden also attended a special game at a Dublin hotel between three coaching clinics backed by the Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll.
The public was delighted, with photographs of the vice-president interacting with supporters.
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However, the encounter with the Black Ferns was not, it seems, on the cards after an official told reporters there was no way the vice-president would be meeting the All Blacks.
He added: “He is the president of the US and is quite literally the most powerful man in the world … the whole thing has been a bigger spectacle than he would have like to have organised himself.”
After the game, the New York Times reported that the vice-president said on the radio that the All Blacks would not think twice about coming to the US if New Zealand changed the day they play.