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Under-fire O'Connor stood down by Toulon

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Former Wallabies star James O'Connor has been stood down for a week by French side Toulon following his arrest for cocaine possession.</span> © SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images Former Wallabies star James O'Connor has been stood down for a week by French side Toulon following his arrest for cocaine possession. Former Wallaby James O'Connor has been stood down for a week by Toulon following his arrest for cocaine possession in Paris last weekend.

The 26-year-old met with Toulon boss Mourad Boudjallel on Tuesday and was informed of the decision with his future to be decided by the Top 14 club next week.

The 26-year-old utility back, capped 44 times for Australia, and former All Blacks lock Ali Williams were arrested after attempting to buy cocaine from outside a nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The pair were released on Sunday after Williams accepted a charge of buying cocaine.

O'Connor will pay a fine for cocaine possession while French reports say Williams has made a plea bargain with French authorities and will appear in court later this week.

Former Queensland Red O'Connor is out of contract at Toulon in July and did not attend a team training session on Tuesday.

Williams plays for the French team Racing 92 and has been suspended from the club.

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