Andy Robinson is adamant that English rugby's volatile political climate will not be allowed to affect the national team's performance this season.
The reigning world champions are barely five weeks away from their Autumn Test opener against Australia at Twickenham.
But head coach Robinson oversaw a five-day training camp for his Autumn Test squad at Loughborough University this week against a backdrop of unrest between the Rugby Football Union and England's Guinness Premiership clubs.
Central contracts for international players are on the Twickenham agenda - a move that the leading clubs vehemently oppose - while £120,000 in Lions compensation cash is being withheld from Leicester, Wasps and Sale Sharks after they fielded players before the end of a hotly- disputed elevenweek rest period.
On top of that, news has emerged of an attempt by the RFU to buy controlling stakes in several Premiership clubs, a move they would fund to the tune of some £15 million.
Despite the politics, though, Robinson must prepare a squad charged with turning around a dismal sequence of results since England won the World Cup almost two years ago.
England have lost nine out of 16 Tests since that November night in Sydney, slipping to sixth place in the world rankings and being pretty much written off as having any realistic chance of defending their world crown in 2007.
Robinson described the Loughborough training camp as a resounding success and he was keen to accentuate the positives as his players returned yesterday to their clubs.
"The players came here, trained brilliantly and will now go back to their clubs and hopefully do the same," he said.
"There has been no thought of the extracurricular activities that are going on. They are side-issues for us, because we are preparing a team to play against Australia which is a huge test.
"It is great that the RFU and PRL (Premier Rugby Limited) are at the table and that they are talking. That is what we want."
Robinson's squad will meet up again on October 31, remaining together to prepare for the three November contests against Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.
But Robinson revealed that the eight players not involved in the Test 22 each week would go back and play for their clubs in Premiership games.
"It is about working together, but the one thing we will not do is compromise England's performance," he said.
"There are on-going discussions and the key for me is that we have some real clarity.
"I believe in club rugby, but I am also passionate about England. It is a great sport and we don't need to be constantly fighting." Robinson played a straight bat when asked about the prospect of Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallaglio being involved this autumn.
Fly-half Wilkinson has only just started his comeback from an appendix operation, while former England captain Dallaglio returns for Wasps against Powergen Cup opponents Cardiff Blues tonight after four months out recovering from a serious ankle injury.
Dallaglio has yet to announce whether he will emerge from international retirement this season and Robinson is keen to take one step at a time.
"Right from the start, the plan with Jonny was that he was going to focus on Newcastle and get back to playing rugby, enjoying his rugby and putting some games together. It's the same with Lawrence," Robinson added.
"Lawrence hasn't played yet and Johnny has had half a game so it is important that they now have the games and the time to play."