British & Irish Cup: Cornish Pirates final appearance would be 'massive'

Cornish Pirates v Doncaster
Cornish Pirates beat Doncaster 38-19 in the quarter-finals last week

Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies says making the British & Irish Cup final would be "massive" for his squad.

The Pirates travel to London Welsh for Saturday's semi-final as they aim to return to the final for the first time since they won the title in 2010.

"For this group of players it would be a massive step forward in their development," Davies said.

"It would show how far we've come, but we've got to win the game first," he added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

"But we've got to beat a London Welsh side who are full of Premiership experience, full of international experience and a tough nut to crack."

Davies will leave the Championship club in the summer because of budget constraints, having been part of the coaching set-up that led the Pirates to victory over Munster in the 2010 final.

"It doesn't happen often to get to a final and it would be fantastic for this group of players to finish this season with a cup final," added Davies.

"Back in October, when we were bottom of the table and everyone was shooting guns at us, you'd have bitten their hands off if you'd have offered them a final in April."