The uncertainty over David Pocock's future will not distract Brumbies in their quest for Super Rugby glory, insists team-mate Stephen Moore.
Australia flanker Pocock is reportedly considering taking a year-long hiatus to study at either Cambridge or Oxford University in England when his contract with the Australian Rugby Union expires in December.
Brumbies have been the perennial nearly men in Super Rugby in recent seasons, making the 2013 final and the semi-finals for the past two years.
And Australia captain Moore is certain Pocock's performances will not be affected by off-field factors as Brumbies seek to get their hands on the trophy in 2016.
"Poey is very mentally tough," Moore said.
"I can imagine plenty of guys in his ear offering plenty of advice but, as a team-mate, he hasn't imposed it on us and there's been no distraction at all.
"It won't affect his play or ours as a team."
Brumbies start their Super Rugby campaign at home to Hurricanes on February 26.