New Zealand Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol hopes the load management of top players at the start of a new season will improve next year.
All Blacks are restricted to 180 minutes of rugby over the first three rounds of Super Rugby, while first five Beauden Barrett has negotiated an extended break and will return in April.
Nichol says this year everyone continues to deal with managed introductions due to the shift of the international window from June to July while running the same 15-team Super Rugby format.
He says next year looks more promising.
Former prop Wyatt Crockett joined D'Arcy Waldegrave to discuss the resting of players and why he never took a sabbatical himself.