Ali Williams has cocaine hearing postponed by French rugby authorities

A French rugby disciplinary hearing into Ali Williams' arrest on cocaine charges has been postponed.

Former All Black Williams and ex-Wallaby James O'Connor were set to front the Ligue Nationale de Rugby's discipline and rules commission on March 29.

But that has now been postponed until April 12, reportedly on their request.

Williams is still to appear in court over a charge of allegedly buying cocaine, after he and O'Connor were arrested by Paris police in late February.

O'Connor has already been fined for possession of the drug.

The pair were suspended by their respective clubs and told they had no long-term future at either outfit, though O'Connor returned to training with Toulon on Wednesday (NZ time) as he looks to complete the final season on his current contract.

Racing 92 sacked Williams from his ambassador's role with the Paris club.

French news agency AFP reported that, according to police, the two men were arrested while in the act of buying cocaine from two suspected drug dealers. Plain clothes officers saw Williams in a car with the two suspects while O'Connor was outside and appeared to be acting as a lookout, police said.

When they were challenged, Williams attempted to get rid of the cocaine by throwing it away, added the police source who said the two players had clearly been drinking.


Photo: Getty Images (Ali Williams' cocaine scandal continues to be drawn out in France).