DRUG CHARGE: Former Wallaby James O'Connor faces a charge of possessing cocaine.
DRUG CHARGE: Former Wallaby James O'Connor faces a charge of possessing cocaine. DAN PELED

O'Connor faces cocaine possession charge

RUGBY UNION: French police have charged former Wallaby James O'Connor with possession of cocaine and former All Black Ali Williams with buying the drug.

The pair, who play in France's Top 14 league, was arrested over the weekend outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees in Paris and found to be in possession of 2.4 grams of the substance.

They were released from custody, with Williams, 35, due to appear in court at a later date.

O'Connor faces a fine on the lesser charge of possession, Paris police sources said.

Williams earned 77 New Zealand caps between 2002 and 2012 and plays lock for French club Racing 92. He was part of the All Black team that won the 2011 World Cup.

O'Connor, 26, who plays on the wing or at fullback for Top 14 rivals Toulon, appeared 44 times for Australia between 2008 and 2013. He made his debut at 18, the second youngest Wallaby in Australian rugby history.

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