Cocaine-tainted former Wallaby back in training
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