Six Nations: Joe Biden sides with Grand Slam-hunting Ireland ahead of England battle
US president Joe Biden is backing Ireland to topple England in Saturday's final round of the Six Nations.
President Biden hosted a St Patrick's Day event at the White House on Friday.
He has strong links to Ireland, with his mother, Jean, having been of Irish descent.
He is also a distant relative of former Ireland full-back Rob Kearney, who was among the guests at the Washington, D.C. gathering.
Biden, addressing his audience, said: "We've even got a few of my distant Irish cousins here today, including the well-known Irish rugby player Rob Kearney.
"Rob stand up. I want to see you after this, pal.
"You know, Rob, I expect, we know, and this is no offence to anyone in the room, who we are rooting for in the Grand Slam match between Ireland and England."
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was also present on Friday, as was former One Direction pop singer Niall Horan.
Ireland, the world's top-ranked rugby national team, will complete a Six Nations Grand Slam if they beat England in Dublin in the final match of this year's championship at the Aviva Stadium.