Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Manu Tuilagi apologises for 'bunny ears' prank on prime minister

British & Irish Lions and England centre Manu Tuilagi has apologised for making 'bunny ears' behind the back of David Cameron on Monday. The triumphant Lions squad were hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate their 2-1 series victory in Australia. 

As the squad asembled for a group photograph, Tuilagi ended up near Mr Cameron, and couldn't help himself. He later apologised for the gesture on Twitter, saying he was just messing around. 

Tuilagi, who was described on Sky News this morning as 'not having a filter', was famously selected on the bench ahead of Brian O'Driscoll in the final, and deciding Test of the series. 

Former England scrumhalf Matt Dawson wasn't impressed with Tuilagi. "My view on Tuilagi/PM. I'm utterly embarrassed. When will some learn, there's a time and a place,"  he Tweeted.

The powerful Samoan is still just 22-years-old, perhaps hard to believe after all he has already achieved for Leicester Tigers, England and now the Lions.

Earlier Cameron had praised the work that the Lions have done for the growth of the game in both the UK and Ireland, and said that his son just started playing tag rugby, mainly due to their success.

"It's a huge honour. My son, just because of you guys, has just started tag rugby. He will be so excited about this jersey," he said after being presented with a number ten Lions jersey.

He also took a bit of a swing at Rugby League, saying "I want to see many more people playing Rugby... even Rugby League if they have to."

It was the first time the squad had been together since arriving back in July.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:47 pm | View Comments (28)

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Guy September 17, 2013 2:06 pm

Not really smart but utterly harmless. Press is just making a big deal out of it. On a sunny side: even it the Netherlands rugby has some attention today!

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man September 17, 2013 2:20 pm

It was some great fun but the PM taking a swing at Rugby league wasn't necessary its another great game

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Simon September 17, 2013 2:46 pm

Fucking Brilliant thing to do...
absolutely harmless and completely funny!

people should try to understand some fun every now and then....
rugby Players are not moral-role models in everything!

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doodoo September 17, 2013 2:51 pm

Tuilagi clearly isn't the brightest spark. It was a wee bit disrespectful but not the end of the world.

Don't think it's a slur on rugby league at all, if anything I think it was a compliment. To mention a minority sport in relation to the far more popular union (and the successful Lions) actually helps promote league.

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dave September 17, 2013 9:51 pm

sure bunny ears on the pm's head is disrespectful but dropping bombs on children in afghanistan is completely ok, the world we live in is a fucked up place

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dave September 17, 2013 9:56 pm

i'm not suggesting that cameron's done that, and that us brits are ok with that but it seems stupid this is even being made a fuss of

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melkisch September 17, 2013 3:17 pm

According to this poll, 100% of people think it's funny

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Guy September 17, 2013 3:58 pm

He was down to 85% but I gave him 11 yes-votes so he is temporarily back to 90%.

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ViennaCelt13 September 17, 2013 4:25 pm

Although I agree with "the man", that the swing at RL wasn't necessary, "the man" should agree that Cameron made a funny comment.

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gerrymentle September 17, 2013 4:27 pm

I think it's down to education really, Although what he did is of no real consequence and could perhaps be seen as humorous by some, he is a representative of the British and Irish Lions, England and the great team sport of Rugby so his individual action which was probably completely spontaneous could be interpreted in the wrong way by some and let everyone else down. If he wants to act like a kuhnob he should do it on his own time. Though this is nothing like when Ronan O'Gara refused to shake hands with the Queen and just stood in front of her with his hands in his pocket like some knacker. He represented Ireland and tried to make some personal statement. If he didn't like the Queen or what she represented then he shouldn't not have attended. He certainly didn't represent the vast majority of Irish people. Again I believe it's down to poor education and upbringing.

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finedisregard September 17, 2013 4:37 pm

Tuilagi just doesn't know how to act. He wasn't raised properly and it reflects on his parents.

But why should he respect the PM, he's not really British.

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cheyanqui September 17, 2013 6:18 pm

well, you could just go ahead and respect the person who is hosting you. applies to any occasion.

I bet if he did that back home in Samoa to someone who was a peer of his parents, he would have probably gotten a right smack.

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Seumas MacPadraig September 18, 2013 2:14 pm

No cigar ? What's 'not British' about a v-sign at No. 10 ? (It's not a 'Harvey' : the palm is clearly facing outward ... :-)

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Eddie-g September 17, 2013 4:49 pm

Tuilagi should really know better. The appropriate way for victorious sportsmen to behave when invited to 10 Downing St is to water the rose garden.

Hopefully he gets an OBE or something in future, Buckingham Palace is even more ripe for harmless pranks.

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WelshOsprey September 17, 2013 5:17 pm

screw cameron, top banter from tuilagi

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Benny September 17, 2013 7:07 pm

Bit of harmless fun. If they only took one photo, well, maybe a bit silly but they were snapping away so why not have a laugh. Sure, if it was the Queen it might be seen as disrespectful considering she's an older lady but I would hope the prime minister could have a a laugh with the boys.

I know John Key would see the funny side of it but then he's special. Afterall, not every prime minister makes the list of top ten most awkward handshake moments


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Badge September 18, 2013 4:30 am

The Queen had her run in with another rugger already when O'Gara refused to shake her hand. CHeck and see if its on RD, if it isn't you can find it on YouTube.

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Facepalm September 17, 2013 9:06 pm

Some articles are saying Brian Moore called Tuilagi a prat. As a matter of my own personal opinion this is what he actually tweeted.

"Tuilagi - those of you saying you're offended; are you, are you really - isn't 'What a prat' the highest you can put it?"

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Lucius September 17, 2013 10:10 pm

Well this is a 50/50 one: maybe a yellow card but a penalty should be fine...

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Canadian content September 18, 2013 4:05 am

Well played!

What has Cameron said about it? If its nothing he's a dick

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TechnoMouse September 18, 2013 11:03 am

Cameron tweeted back, "@Manutuilagi it was great to welcome you and the @lionsofficial team to No10. No need to apologise, I know it was just a bit of fun."

To which Tuilagi then replied; "Cheers for having a great sense of humour @David_Cameron always welcome around mine for dinner and to get me back!"

So looks like it was all taken in the right spirit anyway.

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Sintjin September 17, 2013 10:14 pm

... To be honest, I find it quite disgusting how many of you are willing to jump straight on your high horses and say that Tuilagi was in the wrong... bloody hell, talk about no sense of humour. It's Bunny Ears, its not like he tried to give a sneaky nut....
And lets be honest, how many of you would do it if you got the opportunity?

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Spike September 17, 2013 10:16 pm

Every touring squad needs a jester....while the welsh boys were busy smashing the ozzies, the clown was on tour to make them laugh , away from any pitch.

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The Historian September 18, 2013 8:28 am

I thought it was completely in line with the rugby spirit. Remember, the game was born out of defiance (or so we all believe anyway), so a poke now and then is completely as it should be.

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45678 September 18, 2013 5:34 pm

my first reaction to this was to laugh, but then thinking about it, it is quite disrespectful. i think political allegience is blinding some people's view. if you are the guest at an event, you dont embarrass the host in public. its just bad manners.

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DaRabman September 19, 2013 2:39 pm

Bloody funny. If we can't make fun of our politicians then god help us.

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