Lions 2013: Jonathan Davies expects Baa-Baas backlash

Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies says he expects the intensity of a full-blooded Test match when the British and Irish Lions face the Barbarians on Saturday.

"You wouldn't expect anything different with the players the Baa-Baas have got," said Wales centre Davies, 25.

"They've got a lot of class involved and they've got personal pride as well. We're expecting a very tough game."

The Baa-Baas have made 11 changes to the side thrashed 40-12 by England on Sunday at Twickenham.

Italy number eight Sergio Parisse takes over as captain for the match in Hong Kong, with the invitational team also set to feature ex-New Zealand wing Joe Rokocoko, France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili and Springboks hooker Schalk Brits.

Only uncapped English centre Elliot Daly, former All Blacks centre Casey Laulala and South Africa lock Marco Wentzel and United States wing Takudzwa Ngwenya retain their places after the disappointing performance against a severely weakened England side.

"We are not going to shy away from the fact that we all felt let down afterwards," said Baa-Baas coach Dai Young of Saturday's result.

"We didn't play anything like we expected and we know we are going to have to be a lot better.

"The players realised themselves that they have to step things up this week, and preparation and training has been spot on."

Davies and the rest of the Lions squad held their first training session in Hong Kong on Wednesday, getting a taste of the extreme heat and humidity they are likely to face in Saturday's evening kick-off.

"Training in the heat has been pretty tough going," said Davies.

"The boys took on a lot of water but it's part and parcel of playing out here. We were told about the humidity before coming out and it's all about making sure you prepare well and get the right fluids on board.

"The boys have found it tough but it will be the same for both teams and we've just got to get on with it."

Lions coach Warren Gatland is due to confirm his starting line-up to face the Baa-Baas on Thursday at 05:30 BST.

A large proportion of the 15 Welshman are expected to be involved, with Davies hoping to represent the Lions for the first time.

"It's humbling and exciting to be part of this squad," he added.

"I want to do the jersey justice when I get that opportunity and I'm looking forward to it."

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