England rugby star and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi will speak at dinner of Bourne and District Round Table

Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilag during the European Champions Cup, pool four match at Welford Road, Leicester.  Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire EMN-160119-095612001
Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilag during the European Champions Cup, pool four match at Welford Road, Leicester. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire EMN-160119-095612001
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England rugby star Manu 
Tuilagi is set to speak at a dinner organised to mark the 50th anniversary of Bourne and District Round Table.

The 25-year-old Leicester Tigers centre, reputed to be the highest paid player in English rugby, will be guest of honour at the event which will take place at Bourne Corn Exchange.

Tickets are now on sale for the black tie dinner – which 
in keeping with Round Table tradition is for men only.

Event organiser Richard Ludlow said: “We are delighted to have secured the attendance of Manu Tuilagi, who is one of the biggest rugby stars in the country.

“He will be accompanied by his brother Freddie – a former Samoa international, plus another Leicester Tigers player.

“This is a special time for us, marking 50 years of serving the local community, and the dinner forms a major part of our celebrations.

“Mark House, national president of Round Table Great Britain and Ireland, will be present as will representatives of other groups across the area.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest from local rugby clubs interested in attending and expect tickets to sell out fast.”

The dinner, on Friday, September 23, will begin at 7pm with a drinks reception, followed by a five-course meal.

Rather than a formal after-dinner speech, Manu will take part in an ‘after-dinner banter/question and answer session’ .

Manu is widely regarded as one of the toughest and most fearless centres in the game – known for smashing through opposition defences.

He has also been caught up in some high-profile scrapes – including being detained by police for jumping off a ferry into Auckland harbour following England’s 2011 World Cup exit.

In 2013 he had to apologise to former Prime Minister David Cameron after making a “bunny ears” sign behind his back during a visit by the British and Irish Lions squad to Downing Street.

Richard added: “I’m sure Manu has a lot of interesting tales to share with us and the question and answer session will be no holds barred.”

Tickets cost £40. E-mail 
info@bournefestival.com