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Aussie rugby player of Polish extraction

Rugby player had foe's tooth in forehead

An Australian rugby player blithely played for almost four months without realising an opponent's tooth was embedded in his forehead.

Ben Czislowski, who represents the Wynnum Manly Seagulls rugby league team in Queensland, acquired the additional tooth when he clashed with Tweed Heads' forward Matt Austin in a local derby on April 1.

The prop later suffered an eye infection and complained of lethargy and shooting pains in his head, but only discovered the rogue denture when he visited his doctor last week. The small tooth had somehow embedded itself under his skin on the player's already scarred brow.

"The worst that I got out of it is that my head looked uglier than it does normally."

"I can laugh about it now, but the doctor told me it could have been serious, with teeth carrying germs," said Czislowski, 24.

The Seagulls player decided to keep the tooth on his bedside table as a souvenir of his encounter with Matt Austin - but says he will be happy to return the tooth to its rightful owner.

"If he (Austin) wants it back he can have it. I'm keeping it at the moment as proof that it actually happened," he said.

The prop is looking forward to getting plenty of mileage from the rogue tooth. "It's a story I can tell for the rest of my life," he said. "It will get more exaggerated over the years, but it's a good laugh."