It doesn’t look great for ex-All Black Ali Williams and former Aussie international James O’Connor after the pair were arrested in Paris last week after allegedly trying to buy cocaine outside a nightclub.
Williams, who now plays for Racing 92, has apparently accepted a charge of buying cocaine while Toulon’s O'Connor faces possession charges.
Whatever the outcome of the judicial process it is unlikely that their respective careers will exactly flourish as a consequence.
They are of course by no means the only high profile rugby players to have fallen foul of cocaine use:
- Former Australian winger Wendell Sailor tested positive for cocaine in 2006 while at the Waratahs and received a two-year ban from the game;
- Ex-Aussie lock Justin “Plank” Harrison received an eight-month ban for using cocaine while at Bath Rugby’s end of season party in 2009;
- Former England prop Matt Stevens received a two-year suspension after testing positive in 2009 while playing for Bath; and
- Two unnamed English premiership players tested positive for cocaine last year and were fined and ordered to undergo rehabilitation.