With just two rounds of the Super 14 concluded no less than 15 All Blacks are currently sidelined after suffering various injuries.
The disturbing list includes three of the All Blacks’ biggest stars: Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Ali Williams while Mils Muliaina, Richard Kahui, Leon MacDonald, Brad Thorn and Andrew Hore are all on the mend.
Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has also been struggling with a calf injury while Conrad Smith, Piri Weepu, Jimmy Cowan, Jamie Mackintosh, Rudi Wulf and Sione Lauaki have all missed Super rugby action this year through a variety of complaints.
A distressed Hurricanes coach, Colin Cooper believes that modern rugby players are struggling to cope with the demands placed on their bodies due to the intensity and volume of competitions.
"Fifteen is a lot isn't it," he said. "I didn't realise it was quite that many,” Cooper told Rugbyheaven New Zealand.
"I probably shouldn't be surprised though. I think we are going to see a lot more of this unless something changes.
"I actually feel sorry for the guys, our top guys that play in the All Blacks, because they just don't get enough rest and recovery time and are not being given a chance to fulfill their potential.
"Something has got to change and change fast, because we are all losers out of this."
While All Blacks coach Graham Henry has gone to surprising lengths to protect his players from burnout, New Zealand’s Super 14 coaches are finding it very difficult to rest their top Test stars.
"The team that manages its players best is getting the benefits [of rest], so there is a definite incentive to do it," Cooper said.
"But until things like travel load are sorted then this trend is just going to get worse.
"The sooner we sort the global game out the better for everyone, especially the players."