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Manu Tuilagi: Lions Star Sorry For PM Prank
A Lions and England rugby player has apologised to David Cameron after making a "bunny ears" gesture behind his head during a photocall.
Manu Tuilagi, 22, played the prank while standing next to the Prime Minister as the British and Irish Lions team posed for pictures in Downing Street.
The players were invited to Number 10 after their series victory over Australia this summer, which they won 2-1.
As they gathered on the steps outside, with a large toy lion on the floor in front of them, Tuilagi reached out to hold his fingers behind Mr Cameron's head.
After the event, the Leicester Tigers player took to his Twitter page to express his remorse.
He wrote: "Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great Day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us."
It is not the first time that Tuilagi, who was born in Samoa, has been at the centre of controversy.
He was fined £3,000 by the Rugby Football Union for jumping from a ferry during England's World Cup campaign in New Zealand in 2011.
He was cautioned by police on that occasion and disciplined by then England coach Martin Johnson.
After the Downing Street prank, teammates also reacted through Twitter.
Ben Youngs, a fellow Lions, England and Leicester player, wrote: "The man @Manutuilagi just couldn't stop himself."
Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns tweeted: "Great bottle from Manu Tuilagi! Haha. #chief."