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James O’Connor and Ali Williams held on Paris cocaine charge

James O'Connor runs with the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Agen and Toulon, at the Armandie stadium in Agen, 21 May 2016.Image copyright AFP
Image caption O’Connor was the second youngest player to make his debut for Australia

Two former rugby internationals, New Zealander Ali Williams and Australian James O’Connor, have been arrested in Paris on drugs charges.

The pair were caught buying cocaine near the Champs Elysees avenue at around 03:00 (02:00 GMT) on Saturday morning, police sources said.

Williams, 35, plays for Racing 92 and O’Connor, 26, is at Toulon.

Last October two other New Zealanders playing for Racing 92 were cleared of doping charges.

Image copyright AFP
Image caption Williams was part of the All Blacks team that won the 2011 World Cup

The side are current champions of French rugby.

Williams and O’Connor were drunk when they were caught trying to buy drugs worth some 200 euros ($211; £170), French media report.

Two dealers are also in custody.

Williams earned 77 New Zealand caps between 2002 and 2012.

O’Connor has made 44 appearances for Australia between 2008 and 2013.

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