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Wallabies fullback Israel Folau. (AAP)
Game-breaking fullback Israel Folau's huge value to rugby union has been underlined after he claimed the John Eales Medal.

Stephen Larkham. (AAP)
Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has knocked back the chance to be part of the new Wallabies coaching set-up.

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