The Mid District Cup, presently called the Worthington Mid District Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition that is contested between clubs in South Wales. The competition is a knock-out format and teams from the Welsh Premier Division are not eligible to participate. Organised by the Mid District Rugby Union, the competition is available to any team that is affiliated to the body.
|2007||Beddau RFC||Merthyr RFC||18-12|
|2008||Beddau RFC||Ystrad Rhondda RFC||14-13|
|2009||Bargoed RFC||Caerphilly RFC||29-26||Rugby Park, Beddau|
|2010||Mountain Ash RFC||Merthyr RFC||21-16||Virginia Park, Caerphilly|
|2011||Merthyr RFC||Gilfach Goch RFC||21-15||Graig Park, Penygraig|
|2012||Treorchy RFC||Bargoed RFC||31-15||Sardis Road, Pontypridd|
|2013||Beddau RFC||Bargoed RFC||31-20||Sardis Road, Pontypridd|
|2014||Bargoed RFC||Ystrad Rhondda RFC||29-28|
|2015||Bargoed RFC||Merthyr RFC||39-20||Sardis Road, Pontypridd|
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