Tuilagi in bunny ears embarrassment
London (The Guardian) - Manu Tuilagi has apologised for playing a prank on England’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, during the British and Irish Lions' visit to Downing Street on Monday afternoon.
Tuilagi gave Cameron 'bunny ears' while standing behind and to the left of the Conservative Party leader as a group of players and management posed for a photo at the function to honour the Lions' 2-1 series victory over Australia. Pictures of the lighthearted prank created a storm on social media yesterday.
Tuilagi, who infamously jumped off a ferry in Auckland harbour as part of a prank after England had crashed out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, could be seen reaching behind Mr Cameron’s back and making the sign above his head.
While his tomfoolery appeared to win him many comments of admiration on social media, the 22-year-old said on Twitter last night: “Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great day at Downing Street Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us.”
The image immediately started trending on Twitter, prompting varying comments about how the prank may have affected the Leicester player’s hopes of a future knighhood.
Fellow Lions, England and Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs tweeted: “The man@Manutuilagi just couldn’t stop himself” while Gloucester and England fly-half Freddie Burns tweeted the picture saying: “Great bottle from Manu Tuilagi! Haha. #chief.”
The Prime Minister, who appeared unaware of Tuilagi’s gesture, had been presented with Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton’s jersey during the reception.
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