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Toby Greene will miss the International Rules Series against Ireland

AUSTRALIA will be without Toby Greene in the Virgin Australia International Rules Series, with the Greater Western Sydney forward breaking a toe in unusual circumstances. 

The Giants revealed on Thursday night that Greene "accidentally hit his left foot against a wall" while holidaying in New York. 

But GWS general manager of football Wayne Campbell said the 24-year-old would be fit to start pre-season training on December 4. 

"While this is a minor injury, it will mean Toby misses the International Rules Series, which was an opportunity we had encouraged Toby to take up," Campbell said. 

"Fortunately for the Giants, Toby will be ready to commence pre-season training with us."

Greene was set to be one of nine Australian debutants in the two-Test series against Ireland, which will be played in Adelaide on November 12 and Perth on November 18. 

The 2016 All Australian kicked a career-high 45 goals from 19 games this year as the Giants bowed out in a preliminary final loss to eventual premier Richmond. 

Greene booted 44 majors from 23 matches in a breakout campaign a season earlier, forming a lethal combination with former Geelong premiership star Steve Johnson in attack. 

Geelong's Gary Ablett, Docker Nathan Fyfe, Melbourne's Michael Hibberd, Crows pair Rory Laird and Rory Sloane, Essendon's Zach Merrett, Power ruckman Paddy Ryder and Brisbane Lion Dayne Zorko are the remaining first-time squad members.

Ireland will miss Essendon defender Conor McKenna, who hurt an ankle training with his Irish teammates last week.