Wales centre Jonathan Davies has thanked British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland for his faith in him during the summer series in Australia.
Davies started all three Tests against the Qantas Wallabies during the victorious series, including the third and final clash in Sydney when he got the nod ahead of Brian O’ Driscoll.
And the Scarlets star insisted he had remained unmoved by the subsequent outcry, instead pointing out that the result more than vindicated his head coach’s decision.
“You cannot argue with Gats; he delivered a Lions series victory," Davies said.
“It's a results-based game and we won the series – and that was the most important thing. The team won the game.
“Brian congratulated me afterwards and said well done. We were tight as a squad and Brian will be glad to have it on his C.V.”
The Scarlets centre’s own C.V. has grown significantly in the last four years and his form for the Lions has added to his already glowing recognition within the sport.
Davies is now looking to continue his impressive form as the Scarlets begin their domestic campaign in September.
“I've been fortunate with Wales to perform in big games – the World Cup semi-final, Grand Slams and Championships – and now in with the Lions.
“It was a great experience, I enjoyed every minute and was just grateful to have been given the opportunity to win the series.”
“I am getting back to work now and will just concentrate on myself.”