Rugby stars James O'Connor and Ali Williams arrested on drugs charges

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

Both are now playing from French clubs.

The pair were reportedly arrested outside a nightclub near the Arc de Triomphe, in central Paris.

The pair were taken into custody by plainclothes policemen after being spotted by BAC (Anti-Crime Brigade) officers in a auto paying two suspected drug dealers €200 (NZ$293) in exchange for cocaine, LCI reported.

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

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They are expected to be held in custody for up to 24 hours, the source added.

Racing 92 have confirmed second row Ali Williams has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams was reportedly arrested for attempting to buy cocaine in central Paris.

Over the course of his career Williams picked up 77 caps for the All Blacks, including an appearance as a replacement in the home 2011 World Cup final win over France.

O'Connor played 44 matches for the Wallabies since 2008 but moved to London Irish for a season in 2013.

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