Paris - Former All Black Ali Williams and Australian global James O'Connor were arrested in Paris Saturday in possession of cocaine, police said.
British and French media said Williams - a Rugby World Cup victor - was arrested with former Wallabies star James O'Connor.
French news channel La Chaine Info said the pair were arrested in front of a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees just after 3am on Saturday local time.
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Two alleged drug dealers were also apprehended.
At the time of the arrest Williams allegedly tried to throw three bags of cocaine to the floor but he was caught by plainclothes policemen.
They were both taken into police custody.
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A judicial source told the Telegraph that the players are accused of attempting to buy drugs worth about €200 euros ($NZ290) and that the two suspected sellers had also been arrested.
Racing 92 have confirmed second row Ali Williams has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
Williams, who played 77 Tests from 2002 to 2012, is regarded as one of New Zealand's finest, most athletic locks.
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He played for Western Force, Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds, but joined Toulon in 2015 after failing to make the Australia World Cup squad that year.