Rugby league player carries opponent's embedded tooth for 15 weeks

  1. Tue Jul 17, 1:03 AM

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - An Australian rugby league player competed for 15 weeks without knowing an opponent's tooth was buried in his forehead.
    Former National Rugby League prop Ben Czislowski, now playing with Brisbane club Wynnum, had a clash of heads with Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin during a match on April 1, the Australian Associated Press reported Tuesday.

    He had the wound stitched up but afterward suffered an eye infection and complained of shooting pains in his head and of feeling lethargic.

    A visit to his doctor last week revealed the tooth still imbedded in his head.

    "I can laugh about it now, but the doctor told me it could have been serious with teeth carrying germs," said Czislowski, who kept the tooth as a souvenir.

    "I've got the tooth at home, sitting on the bedside table," he said. "If he (Austin) wants it back he can have it. I'm keeping it at the moment as proof that it actually happened."

    In 2004, Australian rugby league hooker Shane Millard also had an opponent's tooth removed from his head while playing for English club Widnes.

    Two years earlier, Australian Jamie Ainscough's arm became so badly infected while playing for Wigan in England there were fears it would be amputated before the source - an imbedded tooth - was discovered.

  2. ew ew ew ew ew!

    this reminds me of when they find old bullets in people's heads- How would you feel to find out there was something buried in you that you didn't even know about?? That would really creep me out.
  3. Needless to say, I sent this to my dad immediately after I found it.

    (He used to play rugby and told me some horror stories.)
  4. I cannot believe people play a sport where other people's teeth routinely get stuck in their opponents! Ack!
  5. Ewww! That's so gross! I can't even imagine that being in me.
  6. OMG, that is one sick story!!!
  7. I read it this morning. How can the doctor not knowww? weirrd.
  8. Yuuucckk:yucky:

    Just passed this story on to my DH. He's a Rugby player (thankfully not anymore and thankfully he has all of his teeth!)

    He is determined to have our son play Rugby and I hate the idea. I am thinking golf or tennis or swimming would be better for his teeth:smile:
  9. :yucky:
  10. My dad really enjoyed playing rugby (you know, other than the frequent broken noses).

    I'm pretty sure mouth guards are worn, but I'm by no means a rugby expert, so don't quote me on that.

    Obviously that player didn't, hence the embedded tooth, but you could make it a requirement that if you son played, he's got to wear a mouth guard. (You know, if they're not standard protection.)

    How old's your son? I do think children or high school students playing rugby would be too dangerous. Maybe for now compromise and let him play football (at least there's helmets and padding) and visit the rugby issue in college.
  11. Ick! That sounds so painful!

    Also, my cousin is in high school and he's on a rugby team- I went to one of the games and it looked quite dangerous! Everyone on the team had just gotten their new jerseys and then half went out to play and within the first 2 minutes a kid had to get another jersey because it was ripped right in half! :wtf:

    thanks for posting this article caitlin!
  12. Eeek and ewww! Although I had to giggle a little at him offering the tooth back to the guy!
  13. I read that this morning!!:wtf:
  14. Gross.
  15. Ha ha! And that he has it on display!