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.
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.
Folau, 28, scored his 12th worldwide try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane Saturday, having started every Test match this year.
"He's played a lot of footy and he's been doing so well", he said.
"And I think it'll be a chance for him to get out of that for a moment, rest his body, rest his mind, take a well-earned breather and then get back into it from day one of Super Rugby next year".
Cheika said he believed Folau would benefit from bypassing Japanese club rugby.
"He's been under the microscope every single day since he has come to rugby", he said.
The bombshell came after Cheika rested 13 of those who played in the third Bledisloe Cup Test for the Barbarians clash - among them captain Michael Hooper and the in-form Kurtley Beale.
"There's a fair few options at fullback so we will see how it pans out when we get to the tour and it will be a good chance for Izzy to take a well earned (break)".
But he has brought in plenty of fresh blood, with Test veterans James Slipper and Ben McCalman recalled after recovering from long-term injuries along with Kane Douglas, Kyle Godwin and rookie Queensland back-rower Liam Wright.
"With Israel, I've made a decision to play him because I've decided that he won't be going on the tour at the end of the year", Cheika said.
Meanwhile, Rob Simmons has been cleared of any major injury to his neck after he was stretchered from Suncorp Stadium early in the second half.