Following Ireland's defeat of Wales in the 6 Nations, Niall Horan became embroiled in a Twitter spat with Wales player Mike Philips, but Rob Kearney was quick to defend the One Direction star.

Philips was involved in a scuffle with some Irish players, including Kearney, on the pitch in the Aviva and Horan took to Twitter to voice his views saying, "Mike Philips is like a child throwing his toys out of the pram! His attitude is terrible, looks like a right arrogant idiot."

Philips then replied to Horan, "@NiallOfficial come down to training in the next week big boy. Bring the rest of The Beatles with you."

Ireland and Leinster star Rob Kearney was quick to jump to the Midnight Memories singer's defence tweeting, "@mikephilips009 don't worry @NiallOfficial – I've got your back!"

The comments were all made in good fun with Philips then tweeting a picture of himself on a night out with Kearney and the caption, "Where did it all go wrong! Haha congrats on the win @NiallOfficial @KearneyRob"