US President Joe Biden has backed the Irish Rugby team to win the Grand Slam

US President Joe Biden has backed the Irish Rugby team to win the Grand Slam

Ireland welcomes England to the Aviva Stadium today with the prospect of a Grand Slam for the hosts.

Andy Farrell's men have four wins from four games played in the Six Nations and stand on the brink of a historic feat on home soil.

On top of the partisan support expected, the boys in green also have the backing of US President Joe Biden.


The US President last night hosted a reception for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House.

Among the Irish delegation included was the President's relative, Rob Kearney.


Welcoming his Irish relative, President Biden made sure to back the boys to get the win today.

"We even got a few of my distant Irish cousins here today, including the well-known Irish rugby player, Rob Kearney," he said.

"You know, Rob, I expect we know - and listen, no offence to anyone but who in the room we are rooting for in the Grand Slam between Ireland and England."

The announcement was greeted with loud applause, much to the delight of the former International full-back.


He was also quick to pay tribute to the relationship between Ireland and the United States.

"That's what friendship between Ireland and the United States is all about: we rise together in our joys and our triumphs, we persevere together in our sorrows and our setbacks, and we dream together over horizons we can't even see," he continued.

"We build together a future that may be, and in these rooms, we see the dreams of one Irish builder made real."

Former One Direction star Niall Horan was also in attendance and was welcomed back to the White House anytime.

Horan performed some of his hits for the contingent - including two which touch on emigration.

The action gets underway at the Aviva from 5 pm today, with hopes that Farrell's men can deliver the greatest gift to all Irish at home and abroad.