O'Connor fined but not charged after scary stint in Paris prison

Details of the night that led to their arrests have begun to emerge, and The Daily Telegraph reveals the two highly recognisable global rugby stars were forced to spend 40 hours in custody in Paris last weekend.

Wayward former Wallabies star James O'Connor and Toulon team-mate Ali Williams spent a frightening 40 hours in French custody following their arrest in Paris for allegedly buying cocaine.

O'Connor, 26, will pay a fine for cocaine possession, the source added.

According to police the two men were arrested while in the act of buying cocaine from two suspected drug dealers.

O'Connor waited on the street while Williams got into a vehicle with two alleged dealers and handed over about 200 euros in cash.

They were then moved to another police station and again separated.

Initial reports said the 26-year-old was charged with using the drug after returning a positive test result.

The Top 14 club is home to 26-year-old O'Connor and is owned by Boudjellal, who has opened his chequebook to recruit numerous big names in recent years.

His French champion club Racing 92 has already suspended the 35-year-old while the judicial process plays out.

He is out of contract in the summer and had been negotiating a new deal with the French side.

Boudjellal's comments come weeks after the club signed Ben Barba, who was suspended for 12 matches by Australia's National Rugby League for testing positive for cocaine during celebrations with his championship-winning team Cronulla Sharks past year. Racing 92 imposed an indefinite ban on Williams.

The ARU tore up his contract in 2013 for repeated off-field indiscipline and will not risk further controversy again.

French media is at odds on the status of former Wallaby O'Connor.

James O'Connor has a troubled past that saw him head to Europe to try to resurrect his career.

"He's been in and out of trouble his whole career".

  • Julie Sanders