Rugby Player Pranks British PM

Manu Tuilagi apparently thought David Cameron looked good with bunny ears

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 17, 2013 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rugby player Manu Tuilagi has apologized to British Prime Minister David Cameron after punking him with bunny ears during a photo at Downing Street yesterday. Members of the Lions were invited to the PM's official residence following their 2-1 series victory over Australia this summer. The center took to Twitter to apologize, writing: "Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great Day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us."

It's not his first scrape with controversy: Tuilagi sparked a brouhaha two years ago at the World Cup in New Zealand when he was fined almost $5,000 by the English Rugby Union and cautioned by police after jumping from a ferry the day after England was eliminated by France in the quarterfinals.

British Lions' Manu Tuilagi puts two fingers behind the head of British PM David Cameron, center left, as they pose for a picture at a reception at 10 Downing St., London, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
British Lions' Manu Tuilagi puts two fingers behind the head of British PM David Cameron, center left, as they pose for a picture at a reception at 10 Downing St., London, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (Sang Tan)
England's Manu Tuilagi smiles after his side defeated Ireland during their Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
England's Manu Tuilagi smiles after his side defeated Ireland during their Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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