Joe Biden cousin Rob Kearney, Ireland and All Blacks

Joe Biden, his cousin Rob Kearney, (bottom right) and the All Blacks (top right). Photo: Getty Images.

Oh no, Joe: Cringeworthy moment Biden calls All Blacks the ‘Black and Tans’

The US president was attempting to compliment and celebrate the rugby feats of his Irish cousin Irish Rob Kearney.

Joe Biden cousin Rob Kearney, Ireland and All Blacks

Joe Biden, his cousin Rob Kearney, (bottom right) and the All Blacks (top right). Photo: Getty Images.

US President Joe Biden has confused the famous All Blacks rugby team with notorious pro-British military force group while speaking in Ireland on Wednesday.

Biden made the gaffe when paying tribute to his cousin and former Ireland Test rugby player Rob Kearney.

Speaking at the Windsor Bar in Dundalk, Biden thanked Kearney for the tie he was wearing. He also brought up Ireland’s historic first-ever victory over the All Blacks at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2016, a game in which his cousin Kearney played a starring role.

“This was given to me by one of these guys, right here, was a hell of a rugby player. He beat the hell out of the Black and Tans,” the 80-year-old president said.

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WHO/WHAT ARE THE BLACK AND TANS?

The Black and Tans he mistakenly referred to were British reserve troops that fought against rebels in the Irish war of independence in 1920 and Irish people.

They got their name from their uniform which featured a mix of black and khaki garments.

Biden is currently on a four day tour of Ireland.

He calls Ireland “part of my soul”, and his visit includes trips to the hometowns of his 19th-century ancestors.

On the first such trip out of Dublin, to Carlingford Castle near Northern Ireland, Biden said: “It feels wonderful! Feels like I’m coming home.”

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Joe Biden referred to the All Blacks as a notorious pro-British military group. PhotoL Getty Images.

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