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Rugby-Fiji honours Olympic rugby sevens heroes with new currency

April 21 The government of Fiji will release new 7 Fijian dollar ($3.34) banknotes and 50 cent coins to honour the rugby sevens team that won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Friday. The Fiji rugby team won the country's first Olympic Gold, the nation's first ever Olympics medal, by beating Great Britain 43-7 in the rugby sevens final at last year's competition.

Two million 7 Fiji dollar banknotes and one million 50 cent coins with images of captain Osea Kolinisau, former coach Ben Ryan and the team members will be released on Friday.

Ryan, who is Fiji's most successful coach, was previously awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji and three acres of land after he stepped down as coach in 2016. He is currently a consultant for the Welsh Rugby Union.

($1 = 2.0969 Fiji dollars) (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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