14/08/2014 16:38 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Pippa Middleton Reveals Her Teenage Crush Was England Rugby Captain Will Carling

Pippa Middleton used to be a big rugby fan. Like, HUGE. Why? She had a massive crush on former England captain Will Carling when she was growing up.

The Duchess of Cambridge's big sis has revealed the whole Middleton family used to watch the big matches all together in her column for Vanity Fair magazine.

"Rugby was a big thing for our family, and the focal point was international matches, which were often played on Saturday afternoons and were as much social as sporting occasions."

Pippa, 33, confessed: " I would be pining after the likes of Will Carling or Jonny Wilkinson, the heroes when I was a teenager."

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Pippa Middleton attends a donors dinner hosted by Michael Bloomberg & Graydon Carter to celebrate the launch of the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid on September 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

She's a competitive, sporty gal (apparently gets it from her grandmother) who liked her men to be of the big, burly variety as a teenager. But Pip has wound up falling head over heels for Nico Jackson, a stockbroker at Deutsche Bank. Oh how things change.

Take a look through this gallery to see more shots of Pippa doing her thang...