Michalak said the team were in good spirits and going about their business despite rumors of frustration within the camp.
The group hope to be able to live more freely in Queensland after the first test, but there is no guarantee that will happen given the ongoing situation.
“They’re not complaining,” Michalak said. “It’s hard for everyone. They just hope that when their quarantine ends, they can see the city and meet people. Doing it for four weeks – just playing, training and going back to the hotel – is not easy. I hope the situation will be better for Australia and the cities.
France sent an inexperienced team in terms of test selections, but the Australians were quick to talk about their prowess.
Michalak says young people have a point to prove.
“They are excited,” he said. “There are 22 players who have never worn the French jersey. Now is the time to prove that they exist and that they can play top-level rugby against a great nation. It will be a very big challenge for them.
Michalak said there were similarities between the two teams two years away from a World Cup in France.
“They’re kind of the same,” said Michalak of the Wallabies. “They have to create a new generation.
“Australia loves physical rugby and for us that will be the key to being ready for the physical impact. In Super Rugby, the Reds and Brumbies have good sides and play good rugby. It’s a time for the Wallabies to improve, just like us.