Former All Black arrested on suspicion of buying cocaine

Former All Black lock Ali Williams and former Australian Test rival James O'Connor have been arrested in Paris for allegedly trying to buy cocaine.

Both are now playing from French clubs.

It was reported the pair were under the influence of alcohol, and were unable to produce identification.

Two alleged drug dealers were also apprehended.

Described as intoxicated, the pair would be notified of their rights by police once they left the sobering cell, LCI reported.

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French media are reporting the ex-Wallaby and former All Black Ali Williams were arrested outside the Place de l'Etoile nightclub just after 3am on Sunday.

At the time of the arrest Williams allegedly tried to throw three bags of cocaine to the floor but he was caught by plainclothes policemen. "If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be against the law but also a serious breach of our ethics", the club said in a statement.

O'Connor, 26, plays for Toulon having previously played for London Irish and made 44 appearances for Australia.

Hours after Australia's Rugby Championship win over Argentina in September 2013 O'Connor was refused entry to a flight to Bali with his girlfriend after engaging in a row with airline staff.

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