You’re claiming that Italian rugby is improving significantly based on a few early season league wins against shit teams, with some blow in being their star player.
That’s absolutely hilarious.
Claiming that Italian rugby has made “great strides” is one of the great rugby cliches. It’s like hurling people who claim that “the game is growing hugely”, despite Offaly and Antrim completely falling off the radar and hurling in Ulster being all but extinct. It bears no resemblance to reality.
Italy are well behind where they were four or five years ago when they actually had a couple of half-decent wins against shit French and Irish teams in the Six Nations, which is the only mini-blip in a history of consistent shitness since they joined the Six Nations in 2000. They still play turgid rugby, they still rely on non-natives, and they’re still shit.