The Wallabies insist that the mood in their camp has not been affected by the controversy surrounding Quade Cooper's latest outbursts.
Cooper, who was left in Australia to nurse a knee injury, recently described the atmosphere in the Wallaby camp as "toxic" but head coach Robbie Deans and experienced utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper are both adamant that their preparations for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks are going ahead smoothly.
"This won't be a distraction for us," Ashley-Cooper said.
"There's a great buzz in the squad and we're excited to be here. We've had two good wins in this competition and we feel we're building as a group."
Prop Benn Robinson, who is set to win his 50th Test cap this weekend, said there's a positive mood in the squad.
"The time that we've spent here, it's really brought the team together," Robinson said.
"Spending the extra few days here has created a very strong environment and it's reflected in our training and just the general feel around the squad."
Deans said he would be happy to meet with Cooper and discuss his concerns but wasn't prepared to comment on the player's criticism of the Wallabies' game plan.
"There hasn't been any distractions for the group to be fair and I'd rather not comment," said Deans.
"Absolutely," Deans answered when asked whether Cooper would be welcomed back into the Wallaby frame.
"We care about our players," he said.
"You're only young once and you only get this opportunity in the game once and we want the best for all of them."
"Robust conversation is a critical part of the game."