Glenn Delaney backs Nottingham youngsters for B & I Cup

Glenn Delaney

Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney says the club's development players have earned the right to play in the rest of the British & Irish Cup.

The Green & Whites travel to Cornish Pirates for Sunday's quarter-final.

But Delaney told BBC Radio Nottingham he will resist recalling his senior players for the knockout stages.

"You always have the temptation but it shows a bit of disrespect," he said. "We had a policy that if the group continued to perform, we'd back them."

Nottingham are seventh in the Championship table and, barring a disastrous run, seem certain to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

And Delaney is mindful of keeping his squad as fresh as possible and avoiding losing key men to injury in the run-in to the regular season.

He added: "This not the main compoetition for us this year and the reality is that this group got to this stage and I feel it is the right thing to do to let them carry on."