British and Irish Lions: Jonathan Davies can't wait to take the field in the deciding Test

Last Updated: 04/07/13 11:16am

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Jonathan Davies: Got the nod to line up alongside Jamie Roberts

Jonathan Davies: Got the nod to line up alongside Jamie Roberts

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Centre Jonathan Davies denies he is under more pressure than the other Lions this weekend, having been picked ahead of Brian O'Driscoll for the deciding Test against Australia.

Davies will partner his fellow Welshman, the returning Jamie Roberts, in the midfield in Sydney, and, to the surprise of many, the iconic O'Driscoll has not even made the bench.

And Davies said: "I'm just over the moon to be selected for such a massive game.

"It's one of the biggest games of my career and I can't wait for the opportunity now.

"Personally I'm pretty pleased with the way I've been playing but I need to make sure I deliver on Saturday.

"There's a lot of pressure on everyone really. Everyone's got to deliver, it's the last chance saloon.

"Training's gone really well and the boys are looking forward to it. It's going to be a tough task but we're really focused on the job in hand.

"We know how important this game is and we're looking to do the job on Saturday.

"I think we need to get our forwards into the game early and make sure we use the ball effectively.

"A lot of the squad have played in really big games and we'll draw on that experience. We're excited about it, we won't fear it, and we just have to go out there and do the job."

'Really close'

And Davies praised O'Driscoll for the way he has dealt with the situation.

"After the team was announced, on the way to training, Brian came over and shook my hand and congratulated me," he said.

"That's the way the whole squad's been, everybody's really close.

"With what he's achieved in the game, Brian is one of the greats, and I was very grateful he congratulated me.

"Everybody not involved (in the Tests) has been a total professional. Brian came and congratulated me and then got on with training."

Davies has developed a very productive partnership with Roberts for Wales and is hopeful they can combine just as effectively for the Lions.

"Jamie is a big physical presence and he gets over that gain-line," said Davies.

"It's a benefit having played a fair bit with him at country level and I'm looking forward to playing with him again.

"What he brings is something different. It's an exciting prospect and something I'm looking forward to."

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