Blues coach Leon MacDonald has barely contained his frustration at having to rest prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi against the Hurricanes this weekend - his team's final outing of the season.
The Blues can't make the playoffs, meaning their players will have a few weeks to rest before those called up by Steve Hansen get into All Blacks action.
A number of key national team players were required to stand-down through the Super Rugby season, and Tu'ungafasi is one of them.
Despite not playing a rigorous amount of minutes this season, Tu'ungafasi can't play this weekend, meaning he gets an early end to Super Rugby in 2019.
1 NEWS' Andrew Saville posed a simple question to MacDonald at today's training session - 'Why?'
"That's a question for somebody else, potentially," MacDonald replied. "We knew he had to take a rest."
Saville followed up by pointing out he was going to have his feet up after Saturday anyway, to which MacDonald replied, "correct", and flashed a cheeky grin.
Alex Hodgman and Marcel Renata will start at one and three respectively for the Blues this week.