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BBC pull pundit Jonathan Davies off commentary mid-match

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The BBC were forced to pull pundit Jonathan Davies from commentary after the former Welsh player struggled to string his words together during Wales' match against France in Paris. 

Davies was taking charge of his usual co-commentator role alongside Eddie Butler and Brian Moore when the 54-year-old appeared to lose his voice live on air. 

The broadcasting network's personnel as well as the other commentators were quick to realise the issue and quick action had to be taken in order to cut Davies' time short. 

Jiffy found it difficult to speak up as his voice began to crack, which was picked up by millions of TV viewers. 

After a valiant effort in trying to offer some expert analysis during the opening eight minutes, it was clear that the former goal-kicking back-line player was unable to continue. 

He was immediately taken off which left Butler and Moore to continue for the rest of the game. 

After 27 minutes, Butler confirmed that Davies was in fact taken off, saying: "We have lost Jonathan Davies, or his voice at least." 

This hiccup did not go unnoticed by viewers and they made their opinions felt on social media, many of them finding it rather amusing including the commentators present in Paris who even suggested some "lozenges" to Davies. 

Poor Davies. Clearly a lot of rugby fans don't like hearing his voice during the game.

However, the British channel were swift to respond to the problem and managed to limit the damage to a great extent. 

Davies' premature removal was probably the best solution for him as well as the game. 

Despite the initial fiasco, the actual match turned out to be a thriller as the home team came from behind in the dying minutes of the game to clinch a dramatic 20-18 victory over Wales. 

France's late onslaught during 20 minutes of added time allowed for a controversial, but exciting end to the encounter. 

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