Co­caine-tainted for­mer Wal­laby back in train­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TOULON: Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional James O’Con­nor, sus­pended by Toulon af­ter he was ar­rested and fined in a co­caine bust in Paris, re­turned to train­ing with the Top 14 rugby side on Tues­day.

The 26-year-old, with his trade­mark per­ox­ide blond hair, was spot­ted dur­ing the team’s train­ing ses­sion at the club’s grounds in south­ern France.

French po­lice last month charged for­mer All Black Ali Wil­liams, who plays for ri­vals Rac­ing 92, with buy­ing co­caine and O’Con­nor with pos­ses­sion of the drug. Wil­liams was also sus­pended by his club.

The pair were ar­rested on Feb 25 out­side a night­club near the Champs Elysees in pos­ses­sion of 2.4 grammes of the sub­stance.

O’Con­nor was fined and Wil­liams is due to ap­pear in court charged with buy­ing co­caine.

The pair will ap­pear be­fore a dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion of the French National Rugby League (LNR) on April 12. The date was put back on Tues­day by two weeks at the re­quest of the play­ers.

O’Con­nor, who can play wing or full-back, ap­peared 44 times for Aus­tralia be­tween 2008 and 2013. He made his de­but at 18, the sec­ond youngest Wal­laby in Aus­tralian rugby his­tory. AFP

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