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Rugby star sorry for Cameron prank

AP and Reuters, LONDON

Manu Tuilagi makes a gesture behind British Prime Minister David Cameron as he poses with the British and Irish Lions rugby union squad in London on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

British and Irish Lions star Manu Tuilagi has apologized to British Prime Minister David Cameron after pranking him with “bunny ears” during a photocall on Monday at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence in London.

Tuilagi jested while standing next to Cameron after the Lions were invited to 10 Downing Street following their 2-1 series victory over Australia this summer.

The 22-year-old 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.’’

Tuilagi sparked controversy two years ago at the World Cup when he was fined £3,000 (US$4,800) by the English Rugby Union and cautioned by police after jumping into Auckland harbor from a ferry.

Former England hooker Brian Moore described Tuilagi as a “complete and utter prat,” but suggested that he should be spared punishment by the rugby authorities.

“He ought to grow up, it’s as simple as that, but people saying they are offended — are they really offended?” Moore said.

“The authorities I’m sure will do what they should do and say, ‘Manu, everyone thinks you are a two-year old, do you really want that? Now go away and grow up please.’”

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