Rubicon Minerals Announces Appointment of Vice President-Operations

    TSX:RMX / NYSE Amex:  RBY

    -Claude Bouchard to oversee underground development at Phoenix Gold

    VANCOUVER, April 15 /CNW/ - Rubicon Minerals Corporation (RMX.TSX:
RBY.NYSE Amex) is pleased to announce the appointment of Claude Bouchard, P.
Eng. to the newly-created position of Vice President-Operations. Mr. Bouchard
has 25 years of mining experience in engineering, development, operations and
mine management. He is a graduate of Laval University with a B.Sc. A in Mining
Engineering and as a Professional Engineer has worked at gold, copper and
nickel mines in Northern Quebec and Ontario.
    President and CEO David Adamson said: "We are fortunate to have found a
person of Claude's ability and experience in both project management and mine
building and look forward to working with him to move the Phoenix Gold Project
forward as quickly as possible. The recent announcement of our aggressive $25
million, 12-month plan includes an 80,000-metre drill program, about 75% of
which will be underground drilling".
    Most recently, Mr. Bouchard was employed by FNX Mining Company Inc. in
Sudbury where he held senior positions including Manager of Engineering,
General Manager of Project Development and Manager of the Levack Mine &
Footwall Deposit. Prior to joining FNX, he worked for Falconbridge Ltd. for 14
years with increasing levels of responsibility at the Raglan Mine in northern
Quebec and the Sudbury operations where he attained the position of Mine
Superintendent at the Thayer-Lindsley and Craig Mines.
    At Rubicon Mr. Bouchard will be responsible for overseeing the
underground development work at the Phoenix project in Red Lake where the
company has commenced re-habilitation work at the Phoenix shaft in preparation
for shaft deepening and drifting. As well, he will supervise internal scoping
studies designed to evaluate surface infrastructure and conceptual development

    Rubicon Minerals Corporation is a well-funded exploration company,
focusing on exploring for gold in politically safe jurisdictions with high
geological potential. Rubicon controls over 100 square miles of prime
exploration ground in the prolific Red Lake gold district of Ontario which
hosts Goldcorp's high-grade, world class Red Lake Mine. In addition to its Red
Lake holdings, Rubicon controls over 590 square miles surrounding the Pogo
Mine in Alaska as well as over 350 square miles in northeast Nevada. Rob
McEwen, President and CEO of McEwen Capital and former Chairman and CEO of
Goldcorp, owns 25% of the issued shares of the Company.

    Forward Looking Statements
    This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical fact, that address events or developments that the
Company expects to occur, are forward looking statements. Forward looking
statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but
not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates",
"believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential", "suggest" and
similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may",
"could" or "should" occur. Forward-looking statements in this document include
statements regarding the timing and nature of future exploration programs
which are dependant on projections which will need to be confirmed when
underground work is commenced.
    Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, investors are
cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance
and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected
in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results
to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market
prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of
capital and financing, inability to obtain required shareholder or regulatory
approvals, and general economic, market or business conditions. Forward
looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the
Company's management on the date the statements are made. Except as required
by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update
these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs,
estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.
    These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including, among
others, assumptions regarding general business and economic conditions, and
the ability of third-party service providers to deliver services in a timely
manner. The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive. Events or
circumstances could cause results to differ materially.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Cavalluzzo, VP-Investor Relations, Toll
free: 1-866-365-4706, E-mail:,, Rubicon Minerals Corporation, Suite 1540-800, West
Pender Street, Vancouver BC, CANADA, V6C 2V6

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