Rugby Mining Limited ("Rugby" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced at the Great Northern Gold Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Following Rugby's recent option to acquire 80% of the Great Northern Project, the Company has moved quickly to demonstrate the potential of the project. Initial diamond drilling will be focused at the Berghaus prospect located ten kilometres north of Wingina where drilling by prior explorers was focused. The diamond drilling program will be followed by reverse circulation drilling of other early stage geochemical targets. The objective is to prioritise high grade gold targets on this very large property.
The more advanced Wingina prospect will also require drilling at a future date. The Company will first collate the existing database to best ensure that drilling is optimally sited to test potential depth extensions to the higher grade zone.
Drilling costs are very reasonable in Western Australia and it is expected that the program will continue through May and June with results available in July.
For additional information about the Great Northern Gold Project please click here.
Update on the Hawkwood Iron Project, Australia
Rugby has signed a sale agreement with Eastern Iron Limited, an ASX listed company, whereby it has sold all of its interest in the Hawkwood Project for a 1.2% Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR") consideration. Rugby held its interest in Hawkwood pursuant to an option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with Rowen Company Limited, a company controlled by the Chairman of Rugby, Mr. Bryce Roxburgh. The Option Agreement was amended such that Rugby's 60% interest in Hawkwood vested without payment of any further consideration and the Company will have no further obligations or direct involvement in Hawkwood going forward.
Cisco Montes, the Company's Chief Geologist and a "qualified person" within the definition of that term in NI 43-101, has supervised the preparation of the technical information contained in this news release.
Rugby is an emerging gold and copper focused exploration company with an exciting portfolio of projects with considerable potential for discovery of significant mineral discoveries. Rugby benefits from the experience of its directors and management who have either been directly responsible for world-class mineral discoveries or have been part of the management team of companies having made such discoveries.
Cobrasco and Comita Projects, Colombia: Rugby owns 100% of the Cobrasco project, subject to a 1% NSR and has an option to earn up to 60% of the adjacent Comita project in western Colombia. Both projects host undrilled large scale porphyry copper-gold targets which were recognised during a joint German-Colombian government sponsored exploration program over 20 years ago. No systematic exploration has been conducted since that time. Rugby currently awaits government permitting approval for its proposed drilling program at Cobrasco and discussion have commenced with local drilling companies for a drilling campaign in the second half of the year.
Mabuhay Project, Philippines: The Company holds an option to acquire up to 80% of the Mabuhay project in Surigao Province. The Company considers the project to have excellent potential for the discovery of both epithermal gold deposits and gold-copper porphyry systems. An application for an Exploration Permit ("EP") is currently being processed, however grant of all titles in the Philippines remains very slow. To minimise expenditures, the project will remain under care and maintenance until the EP is granted.
For additional information you are invited to visit the Rugby Mining Limited website at www.rugbymining.com
RUGBY MINING LIMITED
President and CEO