PM falls victim to 'bunny ears' prank during Lions No 10 reception

David Cameron welcomed the victorious British and Irish Lions rugby squad for a reception in Downing Street today.

But the Prime Minister fell victim to a "bunny ears" prank by star Manu Tuilagi as they posed for a group photo.

Manu Tuilagi decides to place "bunny ears" behind an unsuspecting Prime Minister outside No 10 Credit: ITV News

Mr Tuilagi later apologised for "messing around" at Downing Street on Twitter:


Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us.

Inside No 10, Mr Cameron was presented with fly-half Jonny Sexton's number 10 jersey.

He revealed that the Lions' success in Australia had inspired his own son Arthur to take up the sport:

"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."

The Prime Minister is presented with a signed Lions shirt. Credit: Number 10

The Prime Minister congratulated captain Sam Warburton and coach Warren Gatland as they brought along the Tom Richards Cup to Number 10.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Wales captain Sam Warburton. Credit: Number 10

Cameron said: "Come tell me all about it, what it felt like to lift the cup."

Mr Warburton joked: "Heavy. I shared it so it made it a bit easier."

Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a Downing Street reception. Credit: Number 10
Prime Minister David Cameron meets Brian O'Driscoll Credit: Number 10

The Lions emerged victorious in a three-match series with Australia during the summer.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets Alun Wyn Jones at a Downing Street reception to celebrate the British & Irish Lions’ success Credit: Number 10

The side, comprised of players from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, won the first and third tests to secure a 2-1 triumph.

Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a Downing Street reception. Credit: Number 10

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