Once upon a time the qualification needed to be a commentator was to have a relatively clear accent.
Bill McLaren changed this but he was a legend so no complaints there.
However, why in the name of Paul O'Connell do we have to endure the painful vocals of Mark Robson for what seems to be every big match in the Heineken? He has seemingly replaced Barnes as the golden boy of Sky Sports and in all fairness has shot up the food chain from his early beginnings in Setanta.
As if his brand of "humor" isnt bad enough, his voice is just gravel...which is especially welcome for Sunday 12:40 kick off's - just the cure for a sore head induced by Arthur Guinness the night previously.
This isnt an Anti-Nordy accent stand here or anything as there are quite pleasant brand of Northern accents around e.g. Tyrone Howe. However, Robson is just painful to listen to which begs the question...
WHY HAS THE PREMIER SPORTS NETWORK HIRED THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE ACCENT IN MODERN BROADCASTING TO COVER ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPORTING TOURNAMENTS IN THE WORLD?
Note - this is before we take into account that his knowledge of the game is akin to a Jack Russell's expertise in bomb diffusion.