Auckland Mayor Len Brown is confident that Auckland will deliver on public transport at
Saturday's clash between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park.
Mr Brown told a media conference today that everyone was doing their level best to address the issues on Friday when at least 2000 people missed the opening ceremony at Eden Park because of train delays.
Not all those involved in ferrying RWC punters around share Len Brown's sense of confidence however; read on:
Mr Brown's confidence was not shared by Auckland Transport's Rugby World Cup transport director, Bruce Barnard, who refused to guarantee a safe passage by train to Eden Park.
Mr Barnard only went as far to say that everything was in place to deliver the train service.
More than 54,000 tickets have been sold for the game.
Auckland councillors will be briefed on the Rugby World Cup train shambles today and formalise the terms of a review called by Mr Brown on Saturday.
The review is being carried out by Auckland Transport chairman Mark Ford, who gave councillors an assurance on Thursday that every eventuality had been planned for and only an act of God would stop a smooth passage to the game.
Auckland Transport council chief executive David Warburton is assisting Mr Ford with the review, which will be completed tomorrow.
We guess that the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, which will be done next Saturday night when a near-capacity crowd will pack into the trains and on to Eden Park via the Kingsland railway station.
And we guess the other proof will be whether or not Len Brown puts his reputation where his mouth is and travels out to Eden Park on the trains he is so keen for everyone else to use (and pay for!), or whether he takes his car again. Watch this space...