Instead the Somoan-born giant was forced into an apology. 

Cameron took his sweet time inviting the Australia-beating side around to his place for a cuppa after their 2-1 win in June and July.

The shot was a damn sight more of a hit on social media than it would have been without Tuilagi’s gentle prank and was trending overnight on Twitter.

His England and Leicester Tigers teammate Ben Youngs was all for it. “The man@Manutuilagi just couldn’t stop himself”

Youngs appears to have designs on higher honours than England and the Lions. 

England fly-half Freddie Burns rated Tuilagi’s bottle when posting the original pic to cause the stir. “Great bottle from Manu Tuilagi! Haha. #chief.”

But he was also directed back to the official line today. 

The Prime Minister was previously presented with Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton’s jersey (number 10).

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Cameron said his son Arthur will especially be excited about the jersey, as he was inspired to take up rugby following the Lions’ win.

 “It’s a huge honour,” Cameron said. “My son, just because of you guys, has just started tag rugby. He will be so excited about this jersey.”

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