Rugby Mining Limited

Rugby Mining Limited

June 06, 2013 06:30 ET

Rugby Acquires Cobrasco Project, Colombia-Exploration to Commence in June

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 6, 2013) - Rugby Mining Limited ("Rugby" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RUG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Cobrasco copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry property in Colombia. The project is situated next to Rugby's Comita project in the Western Cordillera porphyry copper belt (Figure 1), 100 kilometers west of the City of Medellin.

The Cobrasco concession covers 3,000 hectares within two blocks immediately to the north and south of the Comita concession, a separate project under option to the Company. The Cobrasco concession was acquired in an arm's length transaction and is subject to a 1% net smelter royalty to Rio Tinto.

Significantly, the Company has completed a Consulta Previa ("CP") agreement with the local Cocomacia communities which provides immediate exploration access to the Cobrasco concession area for a period of ten years. The agreement is broadly based and provides for economic assistance to the local community as well as social development programs. The CP consultation process was carried out by Rugby, Cocomacia and local community leaders under the supervision of the Colombian Ministry of the Interior. This is the first successful mineral exploration CP to be carried out in Choco Province.

To view Figure 1, please visit the following link:

The Comita/Cobrasco area was first explored during the 1980's by a German government (BGR) / Ingeominas reconnaissance program. That program identified extensive and strongly anomalous copper stream sediment geochemistry coincident with outcropping porphyry copper style mineralization. The zone of strong stream sediment copper anomalism extends over a district sized area of approximately 8 square kilometres covering both the Cobrasco and Comita concessions (Figure 2). No drilling was conducted.

In 2011, Rugby completed a low level aeromagnetic survey that defined two large prominent magnetic low anomalies coincident with the historic anomalous copper geochemistry.

To view Figure 2, please visit the following link:

Exploration of Cobrasco will commence in June with a focused program of geological mapping, geochemical sampling and ground-based geophysical surveys. This work will assist in drill targeting within the large historic geochemical anomaly on the property. An application for a drilling permit will follow this program, with approval anticipated by year end.

Commencement of exploration at Comita is awaiting transfer of the property to Rugby and the successful completion of a CP allowing access to the area.

Mabuhay Project, Philippines Update

The Mabuhay project, in Surigao Province, comprises the Motherlode epithermal gold target and a gold-copper porphyry target at depth. Rugby has the option to earn up to an 80% interest in Mabuhay. As a result of a Philippine government moratorium on the granting of new MPSA titles pending legislation enacting a revised revenue sharing scheme, Rugby and its exploration joint venture partner, All-Acacia Resources Inc, have agreed to convert the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement ("MPSA") Application to an Application for an Exploration Permit ("EP"). The EP application was submitted to the government in April 2013. Until the EP is granted the project will remain under care and maintenance.

Separately, the Company is reducing corporate overheads to maintain its treasury in these times of difficult access to risk funding.

Francisco Montes, the Company's Exploration Manager, a "qualified person" (¨QP¨) within the definition of that term in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has supervised the preparation of the technical information that forms the basis for this news release.

About Rugby

Rugby, with a treasury of $4.2 million, is an emerging mineral resource company focussed on the discovery of large scale gold and copper porphyries and epithermal gold-silver projects. The management team has a track record in the successful exploration and development of major resource projects in different mining jurisdictions.

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.

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.

Hawkwood Project, Australia: Rugby holds an option to acquire 90% of the Hawkwood project in Queensland. The property, covering 427 km2 is prospective for gold, copper-gold and iron deposits. In January 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with Eastern Iron Limited wherein that company can earn an 80% interest in iron ore targets in the project area. To date Eastern Iron has conducted several programs, including geophysical surveys and drilling.

For additional information you are invited to visit the Rugby Mining Limited website at


Paul Joyce, President and CEO


Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario Securities Acts. This includes statements concerning the Company's plans at its projects, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the effect on prices of major mineral commodities such as copper, gold and iron by factors beyond the control of the Company; events which cannot be accurately predicted such as political and economic instability, terrorism, environmental factors and changes in government regulations and taxes; the shortage of personnel with the requisite knowledge and skills to design and execute exploration programs; difficulties in arranging contracts for drilling and other exploration services; the Company's dependency on equity market financings to fund its exploration programs and maintain its mineral exploration properties in good standing; political risk that a government will change, interpret or enforce mineral tenure, environmental regulations, taxes or mineral royalties in a manner that could have an adverse effect on the Company's assets or financial condition and impair its ability to advance its mineral exploration projects or raise further funds for exploration; risks associated with title to resource properties due to the difficulties of determining the validity of certain claims as well as the potential for problems arising from the interpretation of laws regarding ownership of mineral properties in the Philippines and in the sometimes ambiguous conveyancing characteristic of many resource properties, currency risks associated with foreign operations, the timing of obtaining permits to conduct exploration activities, the ability to conclude agreements with local communities and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in each of the Company's management discussion and analysis including those contained in its year-end financial statements for the year ended February 29, 2012 filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available at

In addition, forward-looking information is based on various assumptions including, without limitation, assumptions associated with exploration results and costs and the availability of materials and skilled labour. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Contact Information

  • Rugby Mining Limited
    Paul Joyce
    President and CEO
    604.688.4941 or Toll-free: 1.855.688.4941
    604.688.9532 (FAX)

    Rugby Mining Limited
    Suite 1660, 999 West Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 2W2