Nathan Cleary has suffered a grade three medial ligament damage. This means that he will be out for 10 weeks. 10 weeks from today is June 2, SOO 1 is June 6. So Cleary will be unavailable for at least the 1st match of the series.
Cleary was the front-runner for #7 jersey so there is a new halfback needed. Brooks has been playing very well lately. If Brooks keeps improving like he has been, is he a chance at NSW #7?
The only other options are Pearce (surely not again), Maloney (ill discipline), Moses (bad defence), A Reynolds (spends more time on sidelines than on the field).