But the 26-year-old was named skipper by interim head coach Robin McBryde as part of the 27-man tour which includes nine new faces including young fly-half Rhys Patchell.
And after a season of injury hell Davies could not hide his delight at being given the captaincy nod in the absence of Sam Warburton and Gethin Jenkins who are away with the British and Irish Lions.
"It's been a bit of a stop-start season for me with injuries, but I'm just glad to finish the season on a bit of a high really," said Davies.
"They always say there's light at the end of the tunnel and [I went] through all those dark times in the gym on my own and now I've got a massive positive to finish the season on.
"I was more than happy just to get back in the squad to be honest," added Davies, who captained Wales to a Grand Slam at Under-19s level.
"But for Robin [McBryde] to call me [to offer the captaincy] was a great honour and something that I thank him for.
"I hope I say the right things when they need to be said, and just give them a kick up the [backside] every now and again probably."