Face of the Day

First Dan Carter collects a drunk driving charge, and now this.

Arrested former All Black Ali Williams was spotted in a car with two dealers as an alleged cocaine transaction took place in central Paris, while former Wallabies star James O’Connor was described by a police source as “watching”, French media are reporting.

British and French media reported yesterday that Williams – a Rugby World Cup winner and 77-cap All Black – was arrested with O’Connor outside a nightclub near the Arc de Triomphe about 3am Saturday local time [3pm Saturday NZT].

It’s clear that once they are no longer under the intense pressure of the All Blacks management team, some players want to sample the other side of life.

Drug use carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison in France or a ?3750 ($5500) fine.

Users can also be ordered to attend drug awareness programmes or to undergo court-ordered therapy.

No big deal, in essence. ?But the media does like to cut those tall poppies down.


– Cherie Howie, NZ Herald