JOHANNESBURG - Adam Ashley-Cooper, teammate of disillusioned Wallaby Quade Cooper, says the side won't let his comments distract them from Saturday's upcoming Rugby Championship Test match against South Africa.
Five-eighth Cooper, who is missing from the squad for the Springboks and Argentina games because of a knee injury, says there is a "toxic environment" in Australian rugby set-up.
But utility back Ashley-Cooper said there was no unrest in the camp. "This won't be a distraction for us," Ashley-Cooper told a news conference in Johannesburg.
"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."
Cooper's twitter tirade on the weekend targeted the conservative game plan of Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and the Australian Rugby Union set-up.
Both have so far declined to respond. The 24-year-old, who will undergo knee surgery this week, could miss the spring tour of Europe in November and December.
While Australia have won their last two Tests against South Africa and Argentina, Deans remains under pressure.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is also feeling the heat with his team having clinched a sole victory in four Rugby Championship matches.
"They are coming off two disappointing losses so they'll be pretty motivated and we expect it to be really tough to win in Pretoria on Saturday," said 71-Test veteran Ashley-Cooper.
"Playing there is always pretty tough, you're usually up against quality opposition and a hostile crowd that they feed off.
"Plus the altitude and the pace of the game there means it's always a challenge. A win is something we've never achieved before in Pretoria ... so there's a lot of motivation for us."
The Springboks have injury concerns with centre Francois Steyn hurting his ankle at training on Monday and being forced to watch from the sidelines on crutches.
Rising five-eighth Johan Goosen trained in bare feet after suffering a bruised heel.