A visit from a United States Vice President is not complete without meeting a few All Blacks.
Just hours after stepping foot onto New Zealand soil US Vice President Joe Biden was being introduced to All Blacks at the Langham Hotel in Auckland in the first of a series of meetings he had on Thursday.
All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino and prop Charlie Faumuina gifted Biden a signed All Blacks jersey with his name and the number 15 on the back.
Faumuina said he only found out about the meet and greet on Wednesday.
He said this was the first time he had meet a US politician and admitted he was a bit nervous at first.
Biden said he played rugby for a year in the mid 70s and remembered watching the All Blacks "wreak havoc" against Ireland.
He joked that the real reason for his visit was to meet some All Blacks.
"I do not want to offend any of you but this is the reason I came," Biden said.