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Former All Black Williams to be charged

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/02/2017

Ali Williams has been charged for allegedly trying to buy drugs following his arrest in Paris, a media report says.

News agency AFP, citing judicial sources, reported Williams would be prosecuted following an incident outside a Paris nightclub on Saturday morning local time.

Williams, 35, and former Australian Test back James O'Connor, who also plays in the French Top 14 club competition, were both arrested for allegedly trying to buy cocaine.

The report said O'Connor would be prosecuted for using the drug.

AFP earlier reported that Williams and O'Connor had remained in custody since being apprehended by the French Anti-Crime Brigade, with narcotics officers continuing an investigation.

They were allegedly caught handing over about $200 cash to a drug dealer. Two alleged sellers were also arrested.

A judicial source said both players were drunk at the time of their arrest and were not carrying identification papers.

Williams' club, Racing 92, has suspended the veteran lock until further details come to light.

"If the investigation confirms (Williams') possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be a crime under the law but also a serious mistake in view of our ethics," the club said in a statement.

Williams, who played 77 Tests from 2002 to 2012, is regarded as one of New Zealand's finest, most athletic locks.

O'Connor, 26, plays for southern-based French club Toulon. He won 44 caps for the Wallabies.

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