RUGBY UNION: Former All Black Ali Williams has publicly apologised after being arrested for an alleged drug deal in Paris.
Williams was charged with buying cocaine and former Australian international James O'Connor with possession of the drug after French police arrested the pair outside a nightclub on Sunday.
"I made a big mistake and I'm sorry. I feel I've let down our beloved rugby community. I will face the consequences. Thanks 4 all the support," Williams tweeted.
The 77-Test veteran has been suspended by his French club Racing 92 and is expected to face a Paris court.
"It is quite logical when you do something inexcusable that there is sanction," Racing 92 coach Laurent Travers told journalists.
"There is no need to have a tirade over it. He made a mistake. We are human beings, sometimes we do stupid things."
O'Connor was stood down by his Toulon club and his future there is to be determined in the next week.
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