Rugby fan Biden meets All Blacks

All Blacks (File)
All Blacks (File)

Auckland - US vice-president Joe Biden joked he was ready to play for the All Blacks on Thursday, as players from the reigning Rugby World Cup side towered over him during a visit to Auckland.

"I don't want to offend anyone but this is the reason I came (to New Zealand)," Biden said as he shook hands with forwards Jerome Kaino and Charlie Faumuina.

"When I played rugby, thank God I didn't play against you guys," the 73-year-old added, recalling his time as a nippy fullback at law school.

Biden said he and his brother travelled to Ireland in the 1970s to watch the All Blacks "wreak havoc" on the home team.

Accepting a fullback's No 15 jersey emblazoned with his name, Biden quipped: "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play."

Biden was on a whistlestop tour of New Zealand after visiting Australia.

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