Former Wallaby James O'Connor at the Brisbane Global Tens tournament with his club Toulon earlier this month.
Former Wallaby James O'Connor at the Brisbane Global Tens tournament with his club Toulon earlier this month. News Corp Australia

Former Wallaby arrested for allegedly buying cocaine

UPDATE: FORMER Wallaby James O'Connor has been arrested for allegedly buying cocaine and spent Saturday night in a Paris jail cell.

O'Connor and former All Black Ali Williams were arrested by policemen from the Anti-Crime Brigade after they'd allegedly been spotted giving 200 Euros to two drug dealers outside a Paris nightclub at 3am.

O'Connor's manager David Shand said he was "aware of the situation" when contacted on Saturday night.

"I have been in touch with all relevant parties but am not prepared to make further comment," Shand said.

One French media report said that Williams threw three packets of cocaine on the ground at the time of the pair's arrest. At the time of printing no formal charge had been laid against the pair, who were said to be heavily intoxicated and placed in a holding cell.

Former Wallaby James O'Connor at the Brisbane Global Tens tournament with his club Toulon earlier this month.
The controversy-plagued star had spoken earlier this month of his changed ways after his Wallabies contract was torn up three years ago and he moved to France - with a stint at Queensland in between.

"I believe I have matured," O'Connor told the Daily Telegraph a fortnight ago. "I admit I've made mistakes in the past.

"No one taught me how to cope, how to act in this environment. I came straight out of school, I wasn't the best student, just wanting to play rugby.

"I wasn't planning to be anyone's role model.

"Sometimes things don't turn out how you want it to but you mature with age.

"I feel like I'm back to the stage where I want to be the best player on the field again. I lost that for a while there, I didn't think I had but now I know I did."

O'Connor, 26, is in the midst of negotiating a new deal with his club Toulon but was also considering a move back to Australia in an attempt to play in the 2019 World Cup.

News Corp Australia


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