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Davies abuse for Lions selection

22nd August 2013 07:14


Jonathan Davies Training Lions

Threats: Jonathan Davies

British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies has revealed that he received abuse on Twitter after being selected for the 3rd Test.

Davies played a starring role as the Lions clinched a first series victory since 1997 with a 2-1 victory in Australia.

The Scarlets back was selected ahead of Irish veteran Brian O'Driscoll, causing the four-time Lions tourist to miss out on his final appearance in the famous red jersey.

Looking back on the week building up to the series decider in Sydney, Davies revealed that several fans wanted to "break my legs" in abusive threats over the social networking site Twitter, but that the negative words didn't faze him.

"There was a lot of stuff on Twitter but I tried not to take too much notice of it. I had some good advice from players like Mike Phillips who just told me to ignore it," said Davies to the Daily Telegraph.

"I was just grateful to have been given the opportunity to win the series. I did get a bit of verbal abuse and people wanting to break my legs and stuff. But I didn't really care.

"I did feel like public enemy number one and there was a lot of pressure. But I felt like I had performed well under pressure.

"It was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute. Brian congratulated me afterwards and said well done. We were tight as a squad and Brian will be glad to have it on his CV.

"I have had six weeks off and I've enjoyed it. I've been away on holiday and can't wait to get back playing."