A pained grimace slowly passes over re-signed Brumby Tom Wright's face as he's asked about Canberra's weather ahead of Friday's final-round fixture against the Highlanders.
"I probably wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy," the Sydney junior said.
Fortunately for Brumbies fans, Canberra's latest cold snap hasn't affected Wright's decision to stay in town for another two years.
The Wallabies outside back says the team culture, and unspoken pact at the club to achieve more success trumps anything Canberra can throw at him weather wise.
When he runs out against the Highlanders on Friday, the mercury will have long dropped back into icy single figures, dangling delicately a few degrees above freezing.
"It's starting to get a little bit cold - little bit's probably not the right word for it," Wright said.
"It's in the back of my mind. If you keep telling yourself it's cold it just gets colder.
"The best way to stay warm is just to keep involved. If it doesn't give you a good enough reason to stay in the game, you're probably not playing the right game."
Brumbies captain Allan Alalaatoa welcomed Canberra's recent Antarctic change.
"That's the conversations that we talk about, if it's cold for us then it's definitely colder for them," Alalaatoa said.
"Last week, that was pretty cold but we're training in those conditions all week. Those are things that we're prepared for. I hope it's minus four tomorrow and raining."
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The Brumbies are chasing a second-straight win at Canberra Stadium to end their Trans Tasman Super Rugby campaign on a positive note, looking to build on last weekend's thriller against the Hurricanes.
But they'll have their work cut out against a Highlanders team which needs to win to give themselves a shot at next weekend's final against either the Crusaders, or the Blues.
Friday's clash marks the last in Brumbies colours for Bayley Kuenzle, Reesjan Pasitoa and Mack Hansen. Kuenzle and Pasitoa are off to the Western Force next season, while Hansen will depart for Irish club Connacht where he'll play under former Brumbies coach Andy Friend.
"We always seem to have this feeling to send off boys, whether they've been here for one season or they've been here for 10 seasons," Alalaatoa said.
"It all comes down to our culture. The Brumbies franchise really prides themselves on their connection and that family connection that we have within the team.
"Everyone puts in a lot to the jersey, and especially off the field as well, not only players but staff. The best send off will be to put in a performance tomorrow that everyone will be proud of."
Sydney junior Billy Pollard is set to make his debut, named on the bench at hooker as Lachlan Lonergan's back up.
He'll likely have a major role to play when he comes on, with the Highlanders possessing one of the best set pieces in Super Rugby.
Their lineout drive is arguably the best in the competition, but it's an area Alalaatoa believed his side was capable of matching.
"Highlanders are a great team who pride themselves on their set piece, they've been very dominant, not only in the Trans Tasman but in the Super Rugby Aotearoa as well," the captain said.
"Their scrum's also dominant as well, as a forward, those are areas that we've looked at and we definitely know that we have to rip in.
"For our game, we love a set piece battle. We are also a team that relies on our set piece.
"The forecast tomorrow it's probably going to be more of a forwards' game. We don't know what to expect tomorrow in terms of them, our forwards are ready to roll the sleeves up and prepare for a physical battle.
"We don't want to be happy with how we were last week, we want to continue to grow and be better."
The visitors will also be ready for the cold.
"They're New Zealand sides, they're not coming from Cairns, it's not like it's polar opposites, I think they're pretty accustomed to it," Wright said.