Katrina Barker knows the inaugural Super W is the start of something significant for women’s rugby union.
The Mayfield-based 25-year-old has seen many other codes benefit recently from professional competitions and now her beloved sport has followed suit.
A little over six months after representing Australia at the World Cup, Barker will switch roles from halfback to inside centre and line-up for the NSW Waratahs in Saturday’s season opener against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
“It’s good that something has finally happened,” Barker said.
“Down the track a bit more, hopefully some of the girls will be getting paid. I don’t know if I’ll be around then but we’ll just see how the body holds up.”
Barker, who has signed with new Newcastle women’s team The Waratahs for 2018, will face off with former Merewether Carlton fullback, fellow Wallaroo and Reds recruit Sarah Riordan.