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US President Joe Biden tells Ireland rugby team 'we're so damn proud of you' after win against New Zealand

US President Joe Biden with his brother Jimmy and sister Valerie

US President Joe Biden told the Ireland rugby team "we're so damn proud of you" in a video call following their win over New Zealand.

Mr Biden's brother Jimmy and sister Valerie were by his side as he made the call to congratulate the triumphant squad.

Ireland defeated the All Blacks 29-20 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

The US Embassy in Dublin tweeted a video of Mr Biden sitting on the armrest of a chair, between his siblings making the call.

"We're so damn proud of you, really and truly," he told the team.

"When I was down in New Zealand not long ago I was bragging about you guys.

"They almost didn't let me off the island, you know what I mean?"

He added: "Congratulations fellas."

Cheering could be heard on the other end of the call as the president introduced the players to his brother and sister.

The US President has often spoke of his pride in his Irish roots and has regularly voiced his support for the Ireland rugby team, including his distant cousin Rob Kearney, who featured in the side's first ever win over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016.

Mr Biden also sent a letter of letter of encouragement to Andy Farrell's team ahead of Saturday's match.

In a statement following the call, the White House said: "Yesterday, the president and members of his family called the Irish Rugby Football Union to congratulate the team for their victory over the New Zealand All Blacks.

"The president had written to Team Ireland on Friday to wish them luck ahead of the Test match in Dublin."

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