Ben Morgan will start in place of the injured Billy Vunipola in the only change to the England team to face Wales.
The ACT Brumbies galloped over a fumbling Hurricanes side to post a scrappy 29-21 win in the Super Rugby match in Wellington.
England's Stuart Lancaster is as thorough a coach as there and after taking over from Martin Johnson, he ditched a tranche of experienced players.
The Queensland Reds held off the Cheetahs 43-33 in their Super Rugby match to ensure the South African side remained winless.
Chris Robshaw has demanded England issue a statement of intent against Wales ahead of their 2015 World Cup meeting.
Wales have suffered an injury blow ahead of the clash against England after lock Luke Charteris was ruled out with a neck injury.
Australia flanker David Pocock will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery for the second time in 12 months.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has backed David Pocock to return to top-flight rugby and push for a World Cup berth in 2015.
Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes are two of the world's best locks, according to Wales' Alun-Wyn Jones.
Johnny Sexton has beaten his thumb ligament problem in time to face Italy in the RBS 6 Nations in Dublin on Saturday.
France manager Philippe Saint-Andre has made seven changes to the team that put in a dismal display against Wales.
France's Gael Fickou demanded strength in defence ahead of the Six Nations clash with Scotland.
Saracen Chris Ashton insists his fire to return to the England squad has never burned brighter after being frozen out by Stuart Lancaster.
England flanker Tom Johnson is poised to win his sixth cap on Sunday after being named in the matchday squad for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Wales.
England Saxons centre Sam Hill has signed a new deal with Aviva Premiership club Exeter.
Southern hemisphere rugby fans might be underwhelmed by the standard of some Six Nations matches but they envy the excitement.