"Older and Wiser" Jonathan Davies ready for New Zealand

He played in all three tests in 2013 against Australia

"Older and Wiser" Jonathan Davies ready for New Zealand

Lions' Jonathan Davies makes a break. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Welsh centre Jonathan Davies is taking the 2017 Lions series in his stride as he has matured significantly from his last tour four years ago.

He started all three tests against Australia in 2013 which gave the Lions their first series win since 1997. 

Davies was named in the centre alongside Ben Te'o for the the opening test this Saturday when the Lions take on New Zealand for the first time since 2005. 

"The game has moved on in four years since the last Tour, he said, adding: "The pressure and the intensity has gone up a lot of levels and for me personally, I just want to take it as it is and just enjoy it.

“Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gained some good momentum, the group of boys get on very well and it’s making sure that we all enjoy each other’s company and now this is like the business end. It would be great to start this series off with a victory and put pressure on the All Blacks.

“On my first Tour, I was almost like a rabbit in a headlight and excited at playing 12 in the first Test – a position that I hadn’t played in for a while.

“Now there’s still the excitement, but I’m four years older, four years wiser I’d say and for me it’s taking the experience, enjoying it, going out there and hopefully doing my family proud, put in a performance, win the match and move on to the next one," he added.