Mitt Romney’s son pictured in Wales jersey at family dinner ahead of Six Nations clash with England

US President Joe Biden may not be the only senior American politician hoping for a Wales win in the Six Nations this weekend.

President Biden, who has made no secret of his proud Irish roots and even called to congratulate the national side after their historic win over New Zealand last year, will no doubt know that a Welsh victory over England would help Ireland in their title charge, as they look to catch current leaders France.

But there may be some other famous viewers tuning in for the game from just outside Salt Lake City, some 5,000 miles from Twickenham Stadium, where Wayne Pivac’s men head on Saturday.

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Utah Senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a surprising link to Wales, with his wife Ann the granddaughter of a Valleys miner who moved to Detroit in the 1920s.

Ann’s Welsh pride has seemingly been embraced by the rest of her family too, with her son Ben seen sporting a Wales rugby jersey at a recent family dinner.

Posting on Twitter, Senator Romney – who lost to Barack Obama as the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 – shared a photo of his five sons, with Ben proudly wearing the Prince of Wales feathers on his chest.

While the picture has raised a few eyebrows this side of the Atlantic, the Welsh roots of Ann Romney – nee Davies – are fairly well documented.

Her father, Edward Roderick Davies, was born in Caerau, Bridgend, in 1915, into a Welsh coal mining family. Despite being raised in the Welsh Congregationalists, he was a firm atheist and was strongly opposed to all organised religion, believing those who were religious to be “weak at the knees”.

He emigrated to Detroit in 1929 with his parents, David and Annie Davies. David, a miner from Nantyffyllon, near Maesteg, had worked at the Coegnant Colliery, but chose to swap south Wales for the US after losing a kidney in a mining accident that saw him crushed by a coal cart.

Mitt and Ann, who is the granddaughter of a miner from Bridgend
Mitt and Ann, who is the granddaughter of a miner from Bridgend
(Image: Mitt Romney / Twitter)

In Detroit, David – Ann’s grandfather – worked at a Ford plant, with Edward following suit and working in the car industry, graduating from the General Motors Institute of Technology in 1938 with a degree in engineering.

He went on to live the American dream, founding a successful business and even working on the NASA space programme, before he died in 1992, leaving behind an estate worth millions of dollars.

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As a family, the Romneys have made numerous trips to Wales to visit relatives, while Ann – who has been married to the senator since 1969 – has championed her Welsh heritage over the years, including on the campaign trail.

The Guardian revealed that she charmed campaigners and journalists travelling on the campaign bus by serving them home-baked Welsh cakes on long journeys, while she also wore a dress detailed with daffodils while campaigning alongside her husband on St David’s Day in 2012.

That same year, she visited her second cousin, former British and Irish Lions player Roddy Evans, in Porthcawl before later making a public appearance in Nantyffyllon and Maesteg, having attended the London Olympics.

On one visit to the Valleys, Mitt and Ann even took their sons down a mine so that they could see for themselves the working conditions that their family had experienced.

With such proud Welsh roots and at least one smart-looking jersey, the Romneys should be all set for Saturday’s big match – all they need now is some daffodil hats.

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