Grateful Davies pays tribute to grace of BOD

 
Frank Dalleres
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BRITISH and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies has revealed that Brian O’Driscoll put his personal heartbreak to one side and congratulated the Welshman on his selection for tomorrow’s series decider.

Former Ireland and Lions captain O’Driscoll admitted he was “devastated” to find he had been sacrificed for the finale against Australia, not even being named among the replacements in Sydney.

But the man known as BOD lived up to his reputation as a classy operator off the field as well as on with a gesture of support for the man who will take his place at outside centre for the team’s biggest fixture for 12 years.

“Brian is like everyone else, he came up and congratulated me. We’ve got on with training since,” said Davies, who will form an all-Welsh midfield partnership with the returning Jamie Roberts.

“I was very grateful to him for coming up and congratulating me. Everyone who isn’t involved on Saturday has shown a professional attitude. That’s been one of the positives of the tour.”

Davies and Roberts, who missed the first two Tests with a hamstring injury, have faced Australia together three times and never won, but the No13 is desperate to end that run on the most important occasion of all.

“Everyone has to deliver on Saturday and we’re in the last chance saloon – we have to win,” Davies added. “We’re ready for the job. It’s one of the biggest games of my career and we can’t wait for the opportunity now.”

LIONS TOUR HISTORY

South Africa, 2009
Lost 2-1

New Zealand, 2005
Lost 3-0

Australia, 2001
Lost 2-1

South Africa, 1997
Won 2-1

New Zealand, 1993
Lost 2-1

Australia, 1989
Won 2-1