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NZ rugby great Williams arrested in Paris

NZ rugby great Williams arrested in Paris

The 26-year-old Australian and the 35-year-old New Zealander were reportedly nabbed after allegedly giving more than 200 euros to two suspected dealers for cocaine.

Ex-All Black forward Williams earned 77 New Zealand caps between 2002 and 2012 and now plays in the second row for Racing 92 in the Top 14 French club championship.

According to reports Williams tried to discard three packets of white powder which were discovered by investigators.

The pair spent the night in a cell after being apprehended by officers from the French Anti-Crime Brigade.

They were taken into police custody.

James O'Connor in action for Toulon
James O'Connor in action for Toulon

Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams was reportedly arrested for attempting to buy cocaine in central Paris. "If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be an offense under the law but also a serious fault in terms of our ethics".

Carter also plays for Racing 92, the defending French champions.

Williams played 77 matches for the All Black between 2002 and 2012.

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. He is in his second season at Toulon.

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