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‘Rugby is our religion’: Fiji erupts in celebration of Olympic sevens gold

Cheers, tears and beers as first ever Games victory for Pacific nation sparks euphoria – with dancing in streets, work forgotten and schoolwork abandoned

From the dusty villages of Lomaiviti to the crowded central markets of Suva, Fijians called a halt to work and school to celebrate the country’s first ever Olympic medal – gold for the men’s rugby sevens team, who beat Great Britain 43 points to seven in Rio.

In the capital revellers danced on rooftops and wove in and out of traffic waving the pale blue Fijian flag, still bedecked with their former colonists’ Union Jack.

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‘Rugby is our religion’: Fiji erupts in celebration of Olympic sevens gold

Cheers, tears and beers as first ever Games victory for Pacific nation sparks euphoria – with dancing in streets, work forgotten and schoolwork abandoned

From the dusty villages of Lomaiviti to the crowded central markets of Suva, Fijians called a halt to work and school to celebrate the country’s first ever Olympic medal – gold for the men’s rugby sevens team, who beat Great Britain 43 points to seven in Rio.

In the capital revellers danced on rooftops and wove in and out of traffic waving the pale blue Fijian flag, still bedecked with their former colonists’ Union Jack.

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