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Tryscorer Israel Folau to miss Australia's end of year tour

SYDNEY (AP) Israel Folau will miss Australia's end-of-year tour to Japan and Britain after electing to take an extended break from rugby following next weekend's exhibition match in Sydney against the Barbarians.

A prolific tryscorer, Folau has started in all 10 of Australia's tests so far this season, and scored his 12th international try of the year in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Saturday.

Australian head coach Michael Cheika revealed on Sunday that he had agreed several months ago that the 28-year-old fullback will not take part in the end-of-year tour which involves tests against Japan, Wales, England and Scotland.