Ali Williams to speak to players about experience so they can 'learn from his mistakes' as part of French Rugby fine

Ali Williams has been fined for the second time in two weeks for buying cocaine outside a Paris nightclub.

Today Ligue Nationale de Rugby, which runs the Top 14 rugby competition, fined him 1500 euros for damaging the image, reputation and professional ethics of the game of rugby.

When the rugby season begins next year he must also attend 15 sessions with the young and professional players of the Top 14 teams to educate them and talk about what happened so they might learn from his mistakes.

Williams' year long contract with Racing 92 finishes this season.

He was arrested with former Wallaby James O'Connor and was placed in custody for 40 hours.

O'Connor escaped the fine but must also attend the educational sessions.

The fine is the highest LNR can give for a person who's brought the game in to disrepute off the field.

Next year the fine will be raised to 45,000 euros.

Just two weeks ago the former All Black appeared in court and fined 1500 euros for buying 2.4 grams of cocaine outside a popular night club in France's capital.

The judge said that although he was usually tougher on drug related cases, he would take into account it was a first time offence.



Major exhibition showcasing 500 years of Pacific art set to open in London

An exhibition showcasing 500 years of Pacific art is about to open to great fanfare in London.

It's one of the largest ever displays in the UK, with pieces by some of our best known Māori and Pasifika artists.

The work of Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo the Second has fascinated Kiwi photographer Mark Adams for four decades.

And now two of his prints capturing the Samoan tattoo process known as tatau are part of the major exhibition at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art in London.

"The tatau itself on the body is magnificent and powerful thing and very beautiful," Mr Adams told 1 NEWS in London. 

Mark Adams' work depicts the controversial globalisation of the Samoan tradition.

He's one of 10 contemporary Kiwi artists to feature in the Oceanic art show. 

So too are the Mata Aho Collective. They've spent the past week installing their piece Kiko Moana which they created last year.

"From conception to exhibition it took four of us working for nine months. It's a huge piece made out of layers and layers of blue tarp that we've stitched together," said Sarah Hudson of the Mata Aho Collective.

Bridget Reweti of the collective said: "Just as 250 years ago our people were making these amazing, unique works about their current day issues, we're doing the same thing, and making these works about our waterways."

Dozens of pieces have been carefully packaged, like a piano from Te Papa, and sent across the globe.

But some cultural treasures haven't travelled far, coming instead from European museums where they've been hidden away for generations.

"It's an incredible feeling to see these works and be in their presence. Some of them we've only read about and lots of them live overseas, so we've had a few tears," Ms Rewiti said. 

And there's sure to be plenty more when the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday.

In her first solo engagement, the Duchess of Sussex will tomorrow open the exhibition, giving it an extra publicity boost and providing Meghan Markle with a taste of what she might encounter in her upcoming trip Down Under.

It’s one of the largest ever displays in the UK. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: Former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa, Julian Savea combine for brilliant long range try for Toulon

Former All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and Julian Savea have combined for a stellar try in Toulon's big 33-3 win over Agen, at Stade Mayor in Toulon yesterday during a French Top 14 competition fixture.

Toulon led 19-0 at halftime over Agen with Fekitoa scoring a long range stunner late in the second spell.

In the 75th minute of the match, Fekitoa delivered a wide skip ball for Savea just outside Toulon's own 22 metre line, off a scrum set piece move.

Savea opted to kick, with the star left winger regathering the ball inside Agen's 22, before offloading the ball to Fekitoa who went in under the goal posts to score.

Toulon play Clermont Auvergne in their next Top 14 match this Sunday, at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand.

The pair came up with a bit of magic in their side's 33-3 win over Agen in the Top 14 competition. Source: Top 14 Officiel


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'We need to be better' - TJ Perenara calls for All Blacks to lift intensity against the Pumas

All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara says his side need to step it up a gear against Argentina, as they look to lock away the Rugby Championship trophy for a third consecutive year.

A bonus point victory in Buenos Aires on Sunday will secure the All Blacks the trophy, with one more game next week in the competition against the Springboks.

The All Blacks star even managed to join in in the Argentinian capital. Source: ESPN

But Argentina will have some confidence going into their home Test against the All Blacks, after they defeated Australia 23-19 in the Gold Coast a fortnight ago and edged the Springboks 32-19 last month in Mendoza.

"We played them in Nelson and we won, but it was a tough game," said Perenara.

Shannon Frizell of the All Blacks on the burst during the Investec Rugby Championship match, All Blacks V Argentina , Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand, 8th September, 2018. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Shannon Frizell of the All Blacks on the burst Source: Photosport

"I guess the opportunities they took into their game exploited some of our flaws. For a team to be able to do that, well, we take great pride in what we do out on the field and they dismantled us a few times out there.”

Argentina were competitive for the first 65 minutes of the Test in Nelson earlier this month, but were outclassed 46-24 by the All Blacks.

"We know the threats that they have and we just know, as a unit, we need to be better going forward," he said.

"If we play to the level that we played in Nelson, we don't know if that is good enough this time, especially over here in their back yard.

"We know we need to step it up and play better than we have played against them this year already."

The All Blacks suffered their first loss of the Rugby Championship to South Africa in Wellington two weeks ago, going down 36-34 at Westpac Stadium.

The All Blacks have a chance to wrap up the Rugby Championship trophy with a bonus-point victory in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Source: All Blacks TV


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Watch: All Blacks take part in Buenos Aires street golf in Argentinian capital

All Blacks stars Ben Smith and Richie Mo'unga made the most of their downtime ahead of Sunday's clash with Los Pumas in Buenos Aires, taking part in some street golf.

In the Argentinian capital for a week in preparation for Sunday's clash, Steve Hansen's side have been out and about taking in the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires.

Smith and Mo'unga were accompanied by some of their teammates, having a quick hit about.

Mo'unga in particular felt the rub of the green, with his teammates moving the hole to see him come away with a lower score than Smith.

The All Blacks face Argentina in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning NZT.

Ben Smith and Richie Mo'unga made the most of their downtime in South America. Source: All Blacks TV


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