7 Nov 2010

RWC test run went well, says transport organiser

12:18 pm on 7 November 2010

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority says the Four Nations rugby league match held at Eden Park on Saturday bodes well for Rugby World Cup venue next year.

More than 40,000 people watched Australia beat New Zealand 34-20 at the match which was considered a test-run for both the stadium and transport services.

The tournament's transport programme director, Bruce Barnard says on the whole everything went well, though some fine tuning is needed, including how the crowd is managed at the revamped Kingsland train station.

Mr Barnard adds some local residents were unhappy about travel restrictions in the area and the authority plans to meet them to discuss that.

Meanwhile, police say a large boisterous crowd at the game threw plastic bottles onto the field during Mexican waves and six people were arrested for disorder.